Controversial Clitheroe 110 homes plan rejected

Committee members discussed the controversial proposals yesterday
Committee members discussed the controversial proposals yesterday
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Plans to build 110 homes on land off Henthorn Road, Clitheroe, have been refused - much to the relief of local residents.

The application by Gladman Developments Ltd to build the houses was rejected at last night's Planning and Development Committee meeting.

Clitheroe Town Council objected to the application on the grounds that it is outside the town’s settlement boundary and that the planning authority can already prove a five-year land supply, while there were objections from nearby residents and a letter from the Ribble Meadows Residents Association.

Members added that the development will increase highways congestion and that it is detrimental to the residential amenity of all those living in the Henthorn Road area.

It had been recommended that the application be delegated to the director of economic development and planning, Nicola Hopkins, for approval, but at the meeting councillors refused the proposal on concerns about the site being outside the settlement boundary, it’s sustainability, highway issues and public transport.

After the meeting, Clitheroe Residents Action Group released a statement on Facebook expressing their elation. They said: “Another triumph for people power and common sense won the day. Last night’s result proved enough is enough. Let’s celebrate another victory for common sense.”