Clitheroe garden centre homes get go-ahead

Abandoned Industrial Buildings
Abandoned Industrial Buildings

A MAJOR development at the site of a derelict garden centre in Clitheroe has been given the go-ahead.

Members of the Ribble Valley Borough Council Planning and Development Committee gave the go-ahead to outline plans, which replace the former Barker Garden Centre in Whalley Road, Clitheroe, with 30 apartments, two houses, and a 40-bed nursing home.

The site had previously been a long-established family-run business that had been in existence as Primrose Nursery and then Barker’s Garden Centre for around 50 years.

Nine letters of objections had been submitted to the council by nearby residents who feared the volume of traffic associated with the development would make Whalley Road difficult to cross. They also claimed that the parking for the residential properties and the nursing home appeared to be inadequate, plus the development was not in keeping with the semi-rural character of the locality.

Despite the objections, local planner Mr Colin Sharpe said in his report: “The current proposal is in outline with only the scale being considered.

“In relation to the height of the buildings, and the density of the built development on the site, there is little difference between the illustrative proposal and the scheme in the previous ‘full’ application.

“I consider therefore that it would be difficult to sustain a reason for refusal of this application.”