Extra homes plan for Clitheroe housing estate

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An application by Beck Homes (UK) Ltd to build 18 houses on land at the back of Parker Avenue, Clitheroe, has been submitted to planning chiefs.

John Willcock, of Willcock Consulting Town Planning Advice and Support, based at Garstang, said: “It is Beck’s intention to continue its successful housebuilding ventures within Ribble Valley and this is an ideal site for a quality residential scheme, well related to the existing urban fabric.

Our thoughts and views are of no significance to the relevant authorities that make up these decisions. It is virtually impossible to stop any future developments taking place – no one is listening!

Resident

“The site’s ability to accommodate a small residential estate has already been endorsed by the council through the recent grant of planning permission for the erection of 15 dwellings following the demolition of the existing bungalow on the site.

“However, that proposal was not progressed at that time, possibly because of technical difficulties associated with the need to route surface water drainage through the adjacent Primrose Lodge site. That site is owned by my client company which makes delivery of the scheme much easier for Beck.

“The site layout has been rearranged to provide a more deliverable infrastructure and this has created the opportunity to achieve greater site efficiency, whilst not losing development quality. That, in turn, has allowed an increase in the number of proposed new units from the original 15 to the new proposal of 18.”

It is intended that five of the new houses will be discounted Starter Homes.

Despite the agent’s optimisim, these new proposals are once gain vehemently opposed by local residents.

One Parker Avenue resident said: “Residents of Parker Avenue have fought a long hard battle to block the proposed housing development on the ‘green’ land between Parker Avenue and Primrose Lodge to no avail. We have submitted detailed arguments about the development plans on several different fronts. We have raised legitimate concerns regarding deficiencies in the wildlife surveys, extra traffic and parking. The new proposed two storey housing is not in keeping with the adjacent dormer bungalows.

“We have also proved that due to the amount of current parked cars currently surrounding the junction of Parker Avenue and Whalley Road that the visibility is already seriously impaired, to the extent that there is not enough stopping distance for vehicles travelling at the speed limit of 30 mph on Whalley Road when vehicles edge out from Parker Avenue turning on to Whalley Road.

“Our thoughts and views are of no significance to the relevant authorities that make up these decisions. It is virtually impossible to stop any future developments taking place – no one is listening!”