Comment on plans for houses at former Silentnight showroom site

Silentnight showroom

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RESIDENTS have until January 5th to comment on plans to build 51 houses on the site of the former Silentnight showroom in Salterforth.

An application for a mix of three, four and five-bedroom houses has been submitted to Pendle Council, including plans for a new village car park with 20 spaces, a pedestrian link to Earby and a landscaped public open space. Planning permission has already been granted for the conversion of the restaurant building on the site into five houses and developers said they will submit a separate planning application for the conversion of the former mill building.

Applicants Seddon Homes said: “Given the proximity to the village and its attractive setting, the site has the potential to create significant benefits for Salterforth and environmental improvements that will help to enhance the area.”

At previous meetings with the developers, residents had expressed concerns over the beck, historic well and traffic.

Agents Walsingham Planners said: “The retention of the pedestrian footpath, the well and Salterforth Beck are important criteria which have influenced the treatment of the design.”

Salterforth Parish Council chairman Valerie Langtree said: “We are extremely keen to get the people of Salterforth’s view on this major planning application. Potentially it could change the whole face of the village and there is bound to be concern among local people. The parish council intends to hold a special meeting early in January to which all villagers will be invited to put forward their views. This is a reduced version of previous applications but will still have a massive impact on this village.”

The plans can be viewed at Nelson Town Hall or at www.pendle.gov.uk with the case number 13/11/0597P