Say ‘No’ to 23 more homes in our village

Photo Neil Cross
Parents of children at Barrow Primary School are angry that they are to lose the school car park to make way for more homes to be built.
Photo Neil Cross Parents of children at Barrow Primary School are angry that they are to lose the school car park to make way for more homes to be built.

Families are launching a protest against a plan to build 23 homes on a site used as a school car park.

They have described the scheme as “absolute madness” as the site earmarked for the homes is where at least 20 to 30 cars park while children are dropped off and collected from Barrow Primary School.

Mum Mrs Sarah Parry, whose daughter Esme (six) attends the school, said: “If these homes are allowed to be built there will be nowhere for parents to park at all so what on earth is going to happen?

“It is already extremely busy with traffic in the morning and afternoon but there will be vehicles turning up with literally nowhere to go. It is already very busy and hazardous with near misses every day.

“We really need to fight this plan and time is of the essence.”

Residents are also worried that Barrow cannot cope with more houses as hundreds of new properties have been built in the last five years.

Sarah said: “This a village and we want to stay that way. More new homes will bring in extra families making demand on school places and also extra vehicles.

“We simply cannot cope. We already have to put up with heavy wagons using the village as a cut through when they should be on the by pass.”

The land earmarked for the 23 houses is owned by Admiral Taverns Ltd which ran the former La Taverna Italian restaurant. Plans for the scheme have been drawn up by the Caldecott Group and would involve bulldozing the former restaurant to make way for a mixture of two, three and four bedroomed homes each with parking spaces for two vehicles. Outline planning permission was granted for the development in 2012.

A second separate plan which involved building 167 homes on the same site and surrounding area was turned down in 2015.

Sarah, whose youngest daughter Rosie (three) attends the nursery on the same site as the primary school added: “Even if you don’t have children I would appeal for as many people as possible to fight this plan.

“As well as this being an essential parking area the site floods every time there is heavy rain which does not make it a suitable site to build houses.”

Sarah is now asking for residents to write individual letters of objection to the scheme.

The deadline is Friday. March 18th. Sarah said: “It is vital we make a protest against this and I would ask that people do this right away.”

The planning application can be viewed online or at Ribble Valley Council offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe. The reference number is 3/2016/0146.