Plans for new primary school and 300 homes in Whalley

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A NEW primary school could be built in Whalley if plans to create new homes in the village are given the green light.

Developer Commercial Estates Group has submitted an outline planning application to deliver 300 new homes, a primary school and care home on the 14.6 hectare site to the east of Clitheroe Road, known as Lawsonsteads, in Whalley.

The proposals, which contain a mix of housing sizes and types, including 30% affordable housing, have been developed in response to the Ribble Valley’s housing shortfall.

Under the plans, the one-form entry primary school would accommodate more than 200 pupils, there would be a 50-bedroom care home and 2.5 hectares of open space, landscaping and community areas.

The plans also include an alternative route onto the A671 to reduce traffic flows through the village, traffic calming measures in Clitheroe Road and Wiswell Lane to improve road safety, and new parking restrictions in the village centre to improve the availability of parking spaces for shoppers.

CEG has consulted local residents and stakeholders throughout the masterplanning process. As part of this process, the company held public exhibitions in November to allow the community the opportunity to review the proposals, speak to the project team and provide their feedback.

Approximately 300 people attended the consultation events and, in response to the comments received, CEG has made several changes to improve the plans before submitting the planning application.

Steve McBurney, development planner for CEG, said: “There is a pressing need for new housing in the Ribble Valley. As one of the main settlements in the borough, Whalley is well placed to help meet this need. We believe our scheme will deliver genuine and comprehensive benefits to the village, including the provision of much-needed affordable housing, elderly accommodation and a primary school.

“During our extensive discussions with local stakeholders and residents, most people agreed that there is a need for a new primary school in Whalley.

“We are in detailed discussions with both the local education and planning authorities to ensure this is funded and delivered in a timely manner.

“We appreciate local people are concerned about preserving the character of the village and ensuring the necessary infrastructure is in place to support new homes.

“We believe our proposals can deliver a high quality development that is supported by investment in new infrastructure to meet the needs of Whalley’s existing and future generations.”

l Plans to build 75 houses on fields off Riddings Lane, Whalley, were thrown out by councillors last month. The application by Co-operative Estates was refused after protest from villagers