Villagers petition against housing plan

Aerial photograph showing proposed area development. (s)
Aerial photograph showing proposed area development. (s)

A petition has been signed by 173 residents in opposition to plans to build 18 houses on land in Chatburn.

The application, which will be discussed by members of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee tonight (Thursday), is in outline form, which means for permission in principle, for houses on land to the north of Ribblesdale View.

As well as the petition, 23 letters from individual households objecting to the proposals were submitted to the council. The residents’ long list of objections include the loss of views, the inadequacy of the public drainage and water systems, plus the traffic congestion that would be caused by the proposed new development.

A spokesperson for Chatburn Parish Council, which also objected to the plans. said: “Chatburn has already met 92% of its housing residual requirement set out in the Core Strategy. The infrastructure is unable to sustain the additional development that goes beyond the identified requirement, eg, school places, public service cuts.”

They added that part of the development site is located within the conservation area and that it is outside the settlement boundary, in an area a few hundred metres from the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The green field site is currently used as pasture land and is tenanted to a local farmer.

Planning officers have recommended that the application is refused on the grounds that it is contrary to the Ribble Valley Core Strategy.

They argue “it would result in the significant encroachment of built form into the open countryside, being of detriment to the character and visual amenities of the area and would lead to the creation of new dwellings in the defined open countryside without sufficient justification which would cause harm to the development strategy for the borough”.