‘No’ to new Earby homes on historic site?

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PLANS to demolish a heritage building in Earby and build seven homes are in doubt as Pendle Council’s planning department has recommended they be refused.

The owners of Pennine House in New Road want to create a row of five town houses with two maisonette flats at the site next to Earby Beck.

Planning officer Alex Cameron suggested the development would have a detrimental impact on the visual amenity and the character and appearance of the Earby Conservation Area in which the site lies.

There are also concerns over flooding, noise from the nearby industrial and social club premises and inadequate parking provision.

The applicants had stated they hoped the redevelopment of the site might act as a catalyst in encouraging the regeneration of the adjacent site which has been specifically targeted within the Local Plan for such redevelopment.

Councillors will decide on the application at the next meeting of Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee on Tuesday evening.