Homes plan refused due to flood risk

A planning application for six houses on land off Morris Ing, Earby, was turned down by councillors. Google Street View.
A planning application for six houses on land off Morris Ing, Earby, was turned down by councillors. Google Street View.
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Councillors have unanimously turned down an application for six new homes in Earby for a second time.

The outline application for the homes was submitted by Mrs J. Beecroft on land at Morris Ing in Skipton Road and was a re-submission of a similar application which Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee refused in October last year.

Then, councillors turned it down because the applicant was deemed to have failed to demonstrate the site would not be subject to unacceptable flood risk or that the development would not exacerbate flood risk elsewhere.

But despite the applicant submitting a flood risk assessment this time around and the application having a planning recommendation of approval, committee members chose to reject it for a second time on flooding grounds.

Coun. Rosemary Carroll said: “I was on site on Boxing Day directing traffic (in Skipton Road) and I saw first hand what happened. If we couldn’t have redirected water then the neighbouring property Dalesway would have been completely under water. It was like a river. The water was lapping right up to the little hut that they have on that site.”