Stonyhurst College plans to build 30 new homes in Hurst Green

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PLANS submitted by Stonyhurst College to build 30 new homes in Hurst Green have been given the green light.

Members of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning committee approved the college’s application on Thursday for the new homes on land to the north of Whalley Road, Hurst Green, between Warren Fold and School Lane comprising part field and school car park.

The borough council received 26 letters of objection to the plans with concerns also expressed by the parish council.

However, in a report to members, planning officer John Macholc, said: “The proposal although on the edge of a settlement and withing the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, still represents a sustainable development that is appropriate to the scale of the village of Hurst Green.”

Since September 2009, Stonyhurst has operated as a registered charity with complete responsibility for the maintenance of the buildings and the grounds including the historic park. It has a population of 675 day and boarding pupils and employs around 300 full and part-time members of staff.

Prior to the application being discussed by the committee, the college held an information day about the proposal in the village and leafleted all residents. Responses to that consultation resulted in the scheme being down sized from 40 units to 30, a small number of bungalows suitable for retired people being included as well as a number of social housing units.

In addition to the new homes, the plans include the creation of a new access onto Whalley Road, a new estate road, landscaping, servicing, a replacement school car park, pick-up and drop-off provision, and a public open space, along with the demolition of an existing agricultural building.

Although the application was approved, it was deferred and delegated to the council’s director of community services for the approval of a legal agreement.