Councillor unhappy with plan for 200 homes in Nelson

A view of the site from Messenger Street in Nelson (s)
A view of the site from Messenger Street in Nelson (s)

A county councillor in Nelson has spoken out against an application for 200 homes in the town.

County Coun. Azhar Ali is unimpressed with Liberata’s outline application seeking access only at this stage for the homes at Further Clough Head off Bamford Street with the access off Marsden Hall Road South.

According to planning documents, the eastern part of the site has been designated as housing land and the proposal delivers a “holistic, sustainable and attractive scheme which support the vitality and future viability of the Nelson area, helping to deliver wider benefits to the surrounding area”. A mix of starter homes through to four and five bedroom family homes is planned.

County Coun. Ali said: “We all know that the Tory government is putting huge pressure on local councils to build new homes on green fields however in Nelson we have already got sites like Jimmy Nelson’s which has planning application for housing approved and nothing has happened for years.

“The council needs to focus on asking the government for funds to buy up previously industrial sites like John Wilman’s to build houses rather than seeking planning for development on green fields, land banking and behaving like a developer.

“I don’t believe for a minute that there are national housebuilders waiting to build on this site but this is another way of council officers increasing the values of the land they hold.

“There are major problems with just one road in and one road out of this site which puts at least another 400 cars plus onto Marsden Hall Road. I will be opposing this development as there are already sites in Nelson with planning permission which haven’t started in years.”

The application is expected to appear before Pendle Council’s Nelson Committee in either December or January.