PLANS for the biggest housing development in Nelson for many years moved a stage closer on Tuesday night.
Members of Pendle Council’s Development Management Committee gave the green light to the development at Reedyford Mill after hearing potential access problems at one end of the site had been resolved.
Developers AFK Nelson Ltd are planning to build more than 100 homes on the site, and their spokesman, Richard Lockett, told the meeting more units for affordable housing than had originally been planned would be included.
Councillors on Tuesday were only discussing outline details for access to the development, and Mr Lockett said their original concerns about traffic congestion at an access point off Scotland Road near to the motorway roundabout had been resolved.
He said following talks with county highways officers, it had been agreed hatch markings should be placed across the junction to allow a free flow of traffic.
The appplication had earlier been rejected because of worries over possible congestion, but Coun. Tonia Barton said she could see no reason to refuse permission if members were happy with the planned road markings.
A report to the meeting said there would be a mixed size of houses, ranging from two-bedroom, two-storey houses to three and four bedroom three-storey houses, the latter being built closer to the canal.
Coun. Mohammed Iqbal asked members to support the application. “There is nothing to stop the owners knocking the mill down tomorrow if they wanted to, and the residents are generally in favour of it,” he said.
The mill was for many years home to Findels Stores and has more recently housed the Express Gifts business. The Scotland Road end of the mill is a Gift Tree wholesale outlet.