132 new homes bid for Langho rejected

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Village campaigners have publicly thanked the people who supported their successful battle against plans for 132 new homes at Langho.

Plans for the development off Longsight Road were refused by Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning committee on the grounds that it would go against the Ribble Valley Core Strategy governing development, which is nearing completion.

Planners said the number of homes was much greater than Langho needed.

Sheffield-based Hallam Land Management had submitted the application for the 5.4-hectare site next to Langho railway station, between the A59 and Whalley Road. They had promised to provide a separate access and extra parking at the station.

Coun. Stuart Hirst said the application needed to be weighed against the Core Strategy, and Coun Susan Bibby said the visual impact had to be considered.

The village website Langho Matters welcomed the refusal but warned: “As with other planning applications, the developers are at liberty to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate and the Action Group will need to continue its fight on behalf of residents.”

The campaigners thanked Coun Hirst, Coun Bibby, County Coun. Alan Schofield, Parish Councillor Frank Havard, Looking Glass Hair and Beauty and Spa for displaying posters and St Mary’s Parish Centre and Billington and Langho Parish Centre for providing meeting spaces.