Plans for 36 new homes at Langho

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Two separate planning applications could see 36 new homes built at Langho.

On Thursday, members of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee agreed to defer approval of plans for 18 new properties including five affordable homes on land off Longsight Road, Langho, until the satisfactory completion of a legal agreement.

The plan is for 13 large detached houses with more than four bedrooms to be sold on the open market and five affordable homes including three, three bedroom bungalows with shared ownership, plus a two and a three bedroom property for rent. Access on to the site would be via a priority control right-turn lane junction from the A59/Longsight Road.

The application had prompted strong opposition from local residents and members of Billington and Langho Parish Council. They argued that the development should be refused, along with other reasons, in the interests of road safety, good highway design and the free flow of traffic along the A59.

Plans for outline permission, which means for permission in principle, were refused for the same 5.3 hectare site, last year for 132 houses when the council’s Core Strategy was at submission stage.

On recommending to defer approval, a planning officer said as a development of only 18 houses, the plans would not be harmful to the council’s development strategy.

He added: “It is also considered that this much lower density development would not have any seriously detrimental effects upon the character and visual amenities of the locality.”

An application for outline planning permission to build 18 bungalows on land east of Northcote Road, Langho, has also been submitted.