SALTERFORTH: Tourist village plan recommended for refusal

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PLANNING officers have recommended that a plan to build a fishing lake and mobile homes in Salterforth be refused.

Farmer Robert Bradley has submitted the proposal to build the tourist attraction on his land at Far Hey Farm on Salterforth Lane.

Plans include a fishing lake measuring 65m wide and 140m long with 12 fishing pegs and 12 two-bedroom mobile homes with two parking spaces each.

An access road would be formed continuing on from the farm access off Salterforth Lane together with improvements to the access and highway, and a scheme of landscaping.

Pendle Council has received 16 written objections to the plans, as well as a petition with 97 signatures.

The council has recommended the application be refused, saying it would result in the raising of the ground level at the site by up to 2.3m which would make it visually intrusive to the area within open countryside.

W. King from Lower Park Marina directly opposite the proposed development site said: “The site is largely uncultivated, relatively untouched land and has reverted back to a naturalised wetland, with plant species such as soft rush, meadow sweet and meadow buttercup helping to support diminishing populations of birds such as lapwing, curlew and snipe.

“This local habitat will be destroyed if the development goes ahead.”

As well as neighbour objections, British Waterways has expressed concern over the plans, saying the proposed lodges “would have a stark visual impact on the setting of the grade two listed Cockshott Bridge (over the canal) due to the open nature of the site and the poor quality of design of the lodges themselves.”

Yorkshire Water also commented that the submitted tree planting scheme for the site would be over the public water supply infrastructure, which could “seriously jeopardise” its ability to maintain the public water network.

The planning department agreed that there is a gap in the tourism market for such a development, saying it would “introduce short stay, self-catering tourist accommodation, which would make a positive contribution to Pendle’s tourism.

The West Craven Committee will make a decision on Tuesday at a meeting at the Rainhall Centre starting at 7 p.m.