Clitheroe and Whalley major new homes bids: planning latest

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PLANNERS have said they are minded to refuse applications for two large scale housing developments in the Ribble Valley, but are likely to offer their consent to another.

During Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee meeting on Thursday, an application for a proposed mixed use development comprising residential, a nursing home, car parking, open space and ancillary landscaping to land to the east of Clitheroe Road, Lawsonsteads, Whalley, was deferred with councillors agreeing they were mindful to refuse the application. The precise reason for refusal will be discussed at a future meeting of the planning and development committee.

Mr Nick Walker, chairman of the local action group Save Whalley Village, welcomed the stance made by planners.

He said: “The stance the committee took and their vote has shown the residents of Whalley that someone has heard their views, listened and acted. Thank you.”

A similar decision was also made for plans for a proposed residential development at land off Milton Avenue, Clitheroe. In total, 85 letters of objection were received and a petition with 235 signatures presented to the committee. Clitheroe Town Council had objected to the outline application to develop a site over approximately 1.23 hectare for housing on the grounds that the proposal would lead to over development and there would be access difficulties as vehicles park on both sides of Milton Avenue.

Concern was also raised that the proposed affordable housing was, in terms of cost, more than what the council consider to be affordable.

However, the committee agreed to defer their approval, subject to the formulation of a legal agreement and numerous other conditions, to plans for a proposed residential development totalling 113 houses on land off Woone Lane, in Clitheroe.

This development would comprise 81 market price and 32 affordable units with 81 of these on land off Woone Lane adjacent to the Primrose Phase One Site, this part is an outline application including details of access, layout and scale.

The other 32 houses would be on land to the rear of 59 to 97 Woone Lane, and is a detailed application, plus related highway improvements at Whalley Road/Primrose Road junction.