Historic battleground plans are rejected

Hammond Ground at Read.
Hammond Ground at Read.
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An application to build 50 houses on a village field which has a long held tradition as a civil war battleground has been refused by planners.

The controversial plans for Hammond Ground in Read were discussed by members of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee on Thursday.

Members of both Read and Simonstone Parish Councils had strongly objected to the plans.

Planners had also received two petitions objecting to the proposals signed by a total of 364 people. A total of 162 letters of objection had also been received.

A long list of objections were also submitted on behalf of the resident group Hammond Ground Resident Group. The Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Lancashire Gardens Trust also raised objections to the plans.

Coun. Susan Bibby, who is the chairman of the council’s planning and development committee, said: “It was unsustainable development in open countryside that exceeded the acceptable anticipated level of development embedded in the Ribble Valley Core Strategy.

“It would have been injurious to the setting of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and thereby causing harm to the visual amenity and the character of Read and the surrounding area.”