Controversial homes plan in Clitheroe: decision time

A 20mph sign at the entrance to Henthorn Road
A 20mph sign at the entrance to Henthorn Road
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A decision on whether or not to allow 130 new homes to be built in Clitheroe, despite a raft of objections, will be made on Thursday night.

The development at Henthorn Road includes a mix of two to four bedroom properties and 12 of these include two bed apartments. Around 40 of the properties will meet Ribble Valley Council’s objective of providing on-site affordable housing.

The scheme has been recommended for conditional approval at Ribble Valley’s planning and development committee.

Nearby residents have objected to the new homes on a variety of grounds including loss of privacy and also the fact that many of the existing homes in adjacent Kenilworth Drive will directly face the gable ends of the new homes and this would result in an overbearing impact and loss of light.

The River Ribbles Trust has also objected to the proposal on the grounds there has not been a thorough enough ecological appraisal of the site and there was also an increased flood risk.

Town councillors are also concerned about the issue of speeding in Henthorn Road and have asked for a condition to be imposed on delivery drivers to stick to a 20mph speed limit.

The developer, Story Homes, has stated that a “central green” area will be created as a public open space within the development and it will be designed to give pedestrians equal priority to vehicles which would act as a traffic calming measure.

The developer has also agreed to incorporate bungalows into the scheme to improve the visual appearance of the site.

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