More than 1,000 Clitheroe residents sign petitions to stop new homes

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PEOPLE power is cracking the foundations of plans for more than 1,000 new homes in Clitheroe.

In two weeks, Clitheroe Residents Action Group has achieved its objective of collecting more than 600 signatures in an online petition, triggering a full meeting of Ribble Valley Borough Council to discuss new housing proposals for the town.

The online petition will remains open until next Monday so there is still time to sign it.

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As part of its draft Core Strategy – a long-term blueprint to guide development until 2028 – the borough council would allow up to 1,115 new houses to be built at sites in Clitheroe, out of around 3,000 which could be built across the borough. CRAG’s objection to this strategy will now be heard by all borough councillors, not just those on the planning and development committee.

Most of the new houses proposed for Clitheroe (1,040) would be concentrated on a new estate on land owned by Standen Estates at the southern edge of town. A further 75 houses could be sited elsewhere in town.

This means Clitheroe would be expected to absorb a large part of the remaining potential housing development in the Ribble Valley up to 2028.

CRAG has been asking Clitheronians to sign a petition requesting the council think again.

A spokesman told the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times: “We want the council to distribute these houses fairly. The population of Clitheroe makes up 25% of the total Ribble Valley population and therefore it is unfair Clitheroe should be expected to accept more than 25% of any new housing developments.

“The response to the e-petition has been amazing, with more than 700 signatures collected in just two weeks. We are aware there are still many people wishing to indicate their objection to the excessive housing numbers proposed for Clitheroe and we have also started a paper-based petition.

“This started last Saturday and the joint petitions now have in excess of 1,000 signatures. Clitheroe residents should be applauded for their willingness to object to this unfair proposal. There are some very unhappy people out there and RVBC needs to listen to their objections.”

The online petition can be found at and remains open until February 20th.

Meanwhile CRAG is appealing for others to join its campaign. The group’s spokesman added: “We are a small group, so if you can help by collecting signatures in town, at work, in the pub, from your neighbours or any other Clitheroe venue please ring 07730 411556 to indicate your interest.

“We aim to make RVBC aware of Clitheroe residents’ anger regarding this matter and all the assistance we can get, will help achieve this.”