Bittersweet outcome on Rough enquiry

New housing can be built on The Rough
New housing can be built on The Rough

Colne residents, campaigners and Pendle Council can claim a partial victory in their bid to stop development on a much-loved area of land.

But new housing can be built on The Rough.

After a wave of public opinion swept through the area following planning applications to build up to a total of 270 houses, Pendle Council rejected the planning applications from Junction Property.

The potential developers then appealed those decisions and a public inquiry was held in August.

On Wednesday the planning inspector, Mike Robins, published his findings and it was bitter-sweet news for pressure group Lidgett and Beyond and everyone else involved.

The inspector dismissed the second appeal, the one relating to an application for up to 270 houses.

But he allowed the appeal for 90 homes, contained within the larger application, in the Lidgett Triangle between Windermere Avenue and Skipton Old Road, one of the few remaining green spaces close to Colne town centre.

In his report, Mr Robins states that he had identified three main issues when making his decisions: the effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the area; the significance of heritage assets in the area and highway safety.

And in allowing the 90-home appeal he made certain conditions.

They include remedial action to stop contamination of the site; addressing flood risk and drainage management through a drainage strategy; an archaelogical assessment of the area and protecting the living conditions of nearby residents.

He also put in a variety of biodiversity and ecological conditions along with others relating to landscape creation.