A consortium of local businessmen who banded together in a bid to build more than 300 new homes on the Longridge boundary - on what has become known as the “Grimbaldeston site” - have had their plans thwarted.
Ribble Valley Council has refused the outline application for 305 dwellings, a local neighbourhood centre and associated landscaping/wildlife infrastructure on the land west of Preston Road, Longridge, submitted by the Grimbaldeston Farm Trustees and S and N Forshaw.
Officers state the proposed plans exceed the anticipated level of development embodied within the Ribble Valley Core Strategy in terms of planned residual need for Longridge and as a result, the planned levels of development across the borough.
Any housing oversupply would undermine the borough’s development strategy which, they say, aims to establish a pattern and scale of development in relation to housing numbers to achieve a sustainable pattern of development across the borough for the duration of the period.
Officers say the development would result in significant encroachment into the open countryside which would be detrimental to the character and amenities of the area, leading to the creation of new dwellings in the defined open countryside, without sufficient justification.
The council also has concerns over vehicle access and says the plans do not support sustainable transport measures and issues relating to the public transport infrastructure and fail to provide adequate provision for usable cycling and walking connections, successfully integrating the proposed development with Longridge.
“The development would create a harmful precedent for the acceptance of other similar proposals without sufficient justification which would have an adverse impact on the implementation of the Development Strategy, as adopted within the Ribble Valley Core Strategy, contrary to the interests of the proper planning of the area in accordance with core principles and policies of the NPPF,” concludes the officers’ report.