Residents battle on to oppose new Clitheroe homes

Clitheroe residents Waddow View meeting
Clitheroe residents Waddow View meeting

Battling Clitheroe residents turned out in force to a public meeting to voice their opposition at revised plans for a controversial housing development in the town.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans, councillors and 220 concerned members of the public attended the meeting at St Mary’s Hall, Clitheroe, to air their concerns about a 275-housing scheme at Waddow View, Clitheroe.

And members of the Back Commons Residents Group say they are not giving up and remain defiant in their fight to block plans for the development.

As reported previously in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, plans to build 275 houses in Clitheroe have been submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council. The proposed development has been revisited following a comprehensive review of the issues raised by a Government planning inspector, who earlier this year turned down an appeal from the consortium behind it after its previous plan for the site was refused by the borough council.

The meeting was chaired by town and borough councillor Kevin Horkin who said: “There were 70 chairs put out for the meeting and 220 people turned up.

“Obviously the residents fought extremely hard to keep that particular part of the town green and now a revised plan has been submitted.

“Everyone who had a question or who wanted to speak was given the opportunity of doing so and it was a very clear message that the residents of St Mary’s Ward are completely against the consortium’s proposals for the building of these houses.

“All 220 residents who attended pledged to write a letter of objection to the Director of Planning at Ribble Valley Borough Council.”

Liz Parkinson, a spokesman for the BCRG, said: “We got an excellent response from the audience and now have a list of people willing to take out flyers, which we will prepare this week. The key is for as many people as possible to write individual letters to object on traffic, highway and health grounds. According to statistics, The Ribble Valley has the highest CO2 emissions in the country. All this increased traffic will adversely affect this and affect all the children who walk to school passing queueing vehicles. BCRG will continue to front the campaign as we have the experience.”