Trawden tram track plan ‘invalid’

OPEN TO IDEAS: A debate has been opened as to how this "famous bit of Trawden" can be protected after a vehicle was spotted on the historic track (S)
OPEN TO IDEAS: A debate has been opened as to how this "famous bit of Trawden" can be protected after a vehicle was spotted on the historic track (S)
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Controversial plans to create an access point from the historic Trawden tram tracks have been classed as invalid.

The part-retrospective proposals were discussed at the latest Pendle Council Colne and District Committee meeting where committee members were informed the land in question is owned by the council.

The application, which included proposals for two parking spaces, had sparked fears that part of the village’s heritage could be lost and that other homeowners in Lane House could submit similar applications.

Neil Watson, planning and building control manager, said: “The application was discussed at the Colne and District Committee meeting last Thursday where it was confirmed that it is invalid.

“Committee members were made aware that we own the land affected and they want to consider another report on the implications as landowners at the next meeting.

“They will also discuss what, if any, action is appropriate for the work carried out on council land.”

Coun. Sarah Cockburn-Price said the outcome has come as a relief for residents.

But that something must now be done to “protect this famous bit of Trawden”, since a vehicle was spotted on the track following the council meeting.

She has contacted Pendle Council and is also open to ideas from local residents.