Bid to build 167 new homes in Barrow rejected

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An application to build 167 houses in Barrow has been refused by local planning chiefs.

Members of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee refused plans for the new homes, with access and associated landscaping, which would be built following the demolition of numbers 23 and 25 Old Row, Barrow.

Members of Barrow Parish Council described the application as “opportunistic” adding it conflicted with both the adopted Core Strategy and existing district-wide Local Plan.

“The proposal would lead to the creation of new residential development in the open countryside in excess of the identified residual number of dwellings proposed to be accommodated in Barrow and would therefore cause harm to the development strategy as set out in the emerging (now adopted) Core Strategy.

“In recent years there has been a succession of applications to build houses in Barrow and the cumulative effect of these must be considered. In the 2010 Electoral Register, Barrow contained 304 households. Since 2008 permission has been granted for over 750 new dwellings as well as two separate permissions to develop surrounding agricultural land for industrial use.

“It is considered that Barrow has already had its fair share of development and any further developments should be refused.”

The “outline” planning application, which means for permission in principle, prompted a total of 25 letters of objections from 18 local households.

A range of house types and sizes would have been provided by the new development and it would have been served by a single access on to Whalley Road.

A planning officer recommended the application for refusal for several reasons including: “The proposal, by reason of its scale and location, would lead to the creation of new residential development in the open countryside in excess of the identified residual number of dwellings proposed to be accommodated in Barrow.”