Travellers’ site fears over Langho caravan park bid

Ribble Valley Town Hall.
Ribble Valley Town Hall.
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A controversial application to create a caravan park in Langho was withdrawn at the last minute during a council meeting last week.

The application to put 21 touring caravans on land next to the Petre Arms was withdrawn at a meeting of Ribble Valley’s planning and development committee on Thursday. The reasons given were that more information about the project, which was recommended for approval, is required from the applicant from officers.

The application for the site includes 21 caravans and an outdoor play area. A building to store equipment for maintenance on the site would also be built.

Dozens of objections have been made to the scheme and local residents claim to have evidence that the true nature of the application is not a recreational caravan site but a permanent/semi permanent site for travelling people and they have argued that this falls outside the terms of the application.

Objections have also been made on the grounds of road safety. The proposed access is off Whalley Road and close to a bend and protestors argue that cars towing caravans would not have a clear view of traffic exiting the roundabout on the A59 and travelling down Whalley Road. Access is also only on a single track road.

Residents have also expressed fears that the proposals would cause noise pollution and an odour problem to nearby residents as generators would be used on the site as there are no facilities for electricity, gas or water.

Villagers are also concerned that the proposed 21 caravans would accommodate in excess of 50 people many of whom would have cars and other vehicles which would have a major environmental and health and safety issue.