A controversial new housing development that campaigners claim would destroy Clitheroe as a rural market town has moved a step closer.
Now campaigners are calling on everyone in the town to object to the proposal to build 220 homes, a school and a family pub on the former Standen Estate off Pendle Road.
The town’s roads and schools cannot possibly manage thousands of extra cars and children and I believe the land left aside for a new primary school will never see a school built on itMr Steve Rush, Chairman of Clitheroe Residents’ Action Group
Mr Steve Rush, who is the Chairman of the Clitheroe Residents’ Action Group, said: “This development is going to have a drastic effect on the whole of Clitheroe.
“It will bring in thousands of extra people and vehicles to the town and how is the infrastructure going to cope with that?’’
The application has been submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council as phase one of a major development that will see around 1,000 homes built on the site. Outline planning permission has already been granted for this scheme. As part of phase one, the 220 homes will also include two, three, four and five bedroomed homes, retirement properties, shops and commercial buildings. A new roundabout between Pendle Road and the A59 would be created along with new vehicle, pedestrian and cycle access onto Pendle Road, Worston Old Road and Littlemoor.
A public consultation about the plans will be held on Monday at St James’s Church in St James’ Street, Clitheroe between 3 and 7pm. Detailed proposals will be on view and residents can meet with representatives of Taylor Wimpey and the Standen Estate.
Mr Rush added: “I cannot stress enough how important this meeting is for Clitheroe. The town’s roads and schools cannot possibly manage thousands of extra cars and children and I believe the land left aside for a new primary school will never see a school built on it. And even if it is what about secondary schools?
“Lancashire County Council does not have any plans at the moment to build any extra high schools to accommodate the extra children coming into Clitheroe.’’
A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey told us: “As part of our plans for the development on Pendle Road, in Clitheroe, we will be making contributions to local infrastructure in excess of £3.5 million during phase one. This contribution will help towards creating more places in local schools, as well as sports and recreation facilities.
“The development already has outline planning permission and we intend to apply for permission to build approximately 220 new homes, to provide much-needed new housing for the residents of Clitheroe.
“What’s more, we will be creating 132 temporary construction jobs, and supporting 200 jobs per year of construction.
“In order to protect local wildlife habitats, we will also be working extensively to protect the majority of existing trees and hedgerows, and introducing bird and bat boxes as well as significant new tree/hedge planting.”