‘Save Barlick’s Green Field’ group ups protest to homes plan

An application for 31 homes on land off Long Ing Lane in Barnoldswick has been submitted to Pendle Council. (S)

An application for 31 homes on land off Long Ing Lane in Barnoldswick has been submitted to Pendle Council. (S)

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An application for 31 homes on a site which locals fought to protect has been submitted to Pendle Council.

Stirling Investment Properties LLP has submitted plans for the houses on land off Long Ing Lane in Barnoldswick.

The application for access to the site was approved on appeal in 2014 after it had been refused by Pendle Council off the back of hundreds of protesters objecting to development on the land which is popular with walkers.

The proposed scheme is for 31 three or four bedroom properties in detached, semi-detached and terraced blocks.

The houses in the plans are two and three storey in height with some properties stepping down to reflect the topography of the site.

The applicant’s supporting evidence states: “Other residential properties in the immediate area are two storey semi-detached properties similar to those proposed. Therefore the scale and formation of the units reflect the local character of the area and are considered appropriate in this setting.”

However, objectors in the “Save Barlick’s green fields” group maintain that the proposal will have an inherently unsafe impact on highway safety in Rainhall Road and Long Ing Lane, despite a planning inspector at appeal concluding that it would not.

Since then, the evidence of use forms signed by Barlickers and used to support the claim that three additional public rights of way cross the application site, along with Footpath 20, have been accepted by Lancashire County Council’s Regulatory Committee but a definitive map order has not yet been made.

Peter Crompton, from the protest group, said: “A notice board has already been put into the field that houses can be bought off plan which seems a bit presumptuous but that is the way they are.

“Our objection remains the same about road safety and the risk to drivers and pedestrians in Rainhall Road and Long Ing Lane which will be exacerbated by the plan to build up to 148 new homes on the site of Barnsay shed.”