Spen Brook new homes plan put back

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Councillors have deferred a decision on a controversial development at a former carpet mill site in a Pendleside village.

Members of Pendle Council’s Barrowford and Western Parishes Committee had been recommended to approve the application for the conversion of Spen Brook Mill.

The plan involved the creation of 10 three-bedroom residential units and the demolition of other modern industrial buildings on the site to make way for 18 four and five bedroom homes when they met in Barrowford on Thursday night.

But the meeting heard that since a report had been drawn up, amendments had been made to a number of the conditions attached to any approved application and members asked for more time to study these before coming to a decision.

The application from Briercliffe-based Ingham and Keers has caused much controversy in the small village, with some residents objecting to the scale of the planned development and Goldshaw Booth Parish Council, which covers Newchurch and Spen Brook – also opposed to it, while others have expressed satisfaction with it.