New homes and spa hotel plan in Chipping

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Residents throughout the Chipping and Bowland area are being invited to view major, revised development plans for the central Kirk Mill site in the village.

Both parish councils are hosting a drop-in consultation event on Monday, October 26, in Chipping Village Hall between 6.30pm and 9pm.

The parish councils encourage residents to come along on October 26 and/or write to Ribble Valley council to express their views regarding this proposal for major development in the village

Chipping chairman Paul Hunt

Chipping chairman Paul Hunt stressed: “We want to bring residents up to speed on the changes proposed and what this hybrid application looks like, so that when we respond to the application, we can reflect all the views of the village.”

Ribble Valley borough’s planning committee turned down a similar application for the Kirk Mill site - formerly HJ Berry and Sons chairworks - in December.

Now applicant Stephen Chicken of SCPi Bowland Ltd is applying to the borough for outline application for residential dwellings on the cricket field and land behind Malt Kiln House reduced to 46 properties from 60 previously.

The proposed Trailhead Centre has been dropped, but the revised application includes works and change of use for Grade 11 listed Kirk Mill to an 18-bed hotel and bar restaurant, construction of a 20-bed hotel and spa, wedding venue and Kids Club, and changes of use to Malt Kiln House.

The demolition of the group of derelict factory buildings would provide for up to 46 residential dwellings, seven holiday cottages are proposed to be created at the barn, and the application also includes a new cricket pitch and pavilion.

Mr Hunt added: “To gather the views of residents on the new application, a simple form will be available at the drop-in session that they can use to inform their response to RVBC’s planning consultation.

“The parish councils encourage residents to come along on October 26 and/or write to Ribble Valley council to express their views regarding this proposal for major development in the village.”

At the drop-in session, Richard Barton from HOW Planning, the agents acting on behalf of the applicant, will be available to answer any questions residents may have.

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