Revised plans for a 275-house Waddow View development are being launched today by a consortium of local landowners.
Prior to submitting a fresh application for the proposed development on land to the west of Clitheroe, just off Waddington Road, the consortium is seeking residents’ views in an 11-day consultation period.
The proposed development, known as Waddow View, has been revisited following a comprehensive review of the issues raised by a Government planning inspector who turned down an appeal from the consortium after its previous plan for the site was refused permission by Ribble Valley Borough Council. The inspector’s main concerns were over highways and access.
The consortium is making a new masterplan available for comment and local residents will receive, by hand delivery today and tomorrow, June 19-20th, an outline letter, masterplan and reply form. The consultation process will run until June 30th.
In January this year, local landowners had the benefit of the Secretary of State’s view on their earlier proposal following the appeal inquiry. The main concern of the Secretary of State, in agreement with the inspector, was highways and so the appeal was dismissed and outline planning permission refused.
However, the inspector stated “the presumption in favour of sustainable development prevails over all matters except for highways. Even then, there is the option to re-look at the Waddington Road access to ascertain the level of development on the appeal site that could be served from this single access, with bus/emergency access retained to connect to Kirkmoor Road.”
The inspector agreed Waddow View was the most sustainable site in Clitheroe. The landowners say they fully respect his decision and have revisited their proposal to address his concerns.
Their revised proposed scheme now comprises 275 high quality homes of which 82 dwellings will be “affordable” and of these a proportion will be for the elderly with the remainder for first-time buyers and key workers.
There will also be a number of market homes, including some suitable for the elderly in line with RVBC’s policy. The general vehicular access to the scheme will be from Waddington Road.
As prescribed by the appeal decision there will be bus and emergency services access only via Kirkmoor Road.
The new proposed development is designed to reflect the character of the area and blend between the urban/ rural interface by incorporating a high degree of landscaping, respecting current paths, trees and hedgerows as far as possible, and creating a feature of the brook which crosses the site. A further ecology study has been taken and no protected species have been found.
The consortium believes Waddow View will provide a rounding off of the settlement on this side of Clitheroe and benefit existing town centre businesses, and the new proposal comprehensively addresses the issues raised by the inspector and his conclusion that the site was highly sustainable.
l Comments on the new proposal should be made by June 30th by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Messrs Ingham & Yorke, Huntroyde Estate Office, Padiham, Lancashire BB12 7QX. Please mark the envelope WADDOW.