PLANS to build 134 homes on the site of a Nelson mill have been rejected by Pendle councillors.
Members of the Nelson Committee had been recommended to give the go-ahead to the development at Reedyford Mill off Pendle Street, but concerns over the number of homes proposed and the traffic they would generate persuaded a majority of members to refuse planning permission.
The matter will now be referred to the council’s Development Management Committee for a final decision.
Coun. Mohammed Iqbal said meetings had been held with residents in the area nd the general view was they were happy with the scheme.
“There were some concerns about access but officers are working with the developer’s agents to address these,” he said. “I am happy to move we grant planniong permission.”
But Coun. Sheena Dunn said the original plans for housing on the site had been refused because of access concerns and she could not see anything had been done to improve things.
“The proposed access from Scotland Road is a few yards from the motorway roundabout and could lead to congestion when traffic is trying to turn into the site,” she said.
Coun. Iqbal said there had not been a single objection to the proposal from nearby resients and there was a danger that the site would beceome a major eyesore if left undeveloped, but Coun. Dunn said the issue affected everyone in Nelson, not just those living nearby.
Members voted by a 9-5 margin to turn the application down.