Plans for 200 new Ribble Valley homes get go-ahead

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Plans for just over 200 new homes in the Ribble Valley have been given the initial thumbs up.

Members of Ribble Valley 
Borough Council’s planning committee agreed to approval subject to the necessary conditions being met on three separate planning applications.

Two of the three applications refer to sites at Barrow while the third refers to a site at Billington.

An application for outline planning permission, which means for permission in principle, for a proposed residential development of up to 43 houses , 30% of which will be affordable, with partial means of access to (but not within) the site at Hansons Garden Centre in Whalley Road, Barrow, were discussed by planners on Thursday.

Concerns were raised by parish councillors, who were consulted on the plans, about the cumulative effects of other planning applications in Barrow.

They also said that an application to build a children’s nursery had already been approved for the site.

Members agreed to deferred approval subject to 13 conditions being completed.

The second application for Barrow that was discussed was for full planning permission for 102 homes, including 20 affordable homes, on land off Middle Lodge Road, Barrow.

On recommending approval the council planning officer said: “The proposal has no significant detrimental impact on nearby residential amenity nor would it have an adverse visual impact upon the immediate of wider context.”

Again, members granted deferred approval subject to 13 conditions being met.

An application for a proposed residential development of 56 homes including 15 affordable homes, at Wilkinson’s Haulage Yard and nearby land at Whalley Road, Billington, was also discussed.

Representations were received from nine local households and a letter from an action group signed by 21 residents.

Lancashire County Council has sought almost a £340,000 contribution towards local education as a condition of approval.