While I agree that allowing vast numbers of houses to be built in the Clitheroe area will have a devastating effect on the town’s infrastructure – the roads are severely congested, the post office already has long waiting times and the health services are under considerable strain already – I don’t think getting the plan overturned would actually make the threat of excessive development go away.
I know of one large land-grabbing company waiting in the wings to see what happens in Clitheroe and if the Core Strategy plan for Standen was overturned they would be back again with numerous planning applications for large 700+ house developments in various locations around Clitheroe.
Controversial I know, but surely it’s better the devil you know than the devil you don’t and maybe time to accept we are going to have houses built and that keeping them in one place, close to the main A59 corridor which keeps the commuter traffic from having to travel across the town, will at least stop any further mass planning applications.
If the powers-that-be could actually make a sensible decision maybe the school could be built before the houses start to go up again, helping to prevent additional rush hour chaos. Otherwise we will end up with another Calderstones problem, with the promised school never materialising.
Clitheroe is no longer a great place to live and it is slowly being destroyed by poor planning decisions, but at least if the Core Strategy is allowed to progress a line can be drawn under any more large scale development, at least for a few years?
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