BARNOLDSWICK: Objections to new homes plan for land behind pub

FOUR new family homes could be built on land behind the Greyhound pub in Manchester Road, Barnoldswick, if an application is approved.

Tuesday, 25th January 2011, 3:56 pm

The Greyhound and its adjoining land was sold by pub management group Enterprise Inns last September to local development firm ADM Designs.

Amid fears the pub was set to be bulldozed, a syndicate of regulars bought back the pub building and a small section of the car park to continue running the business.

Now the developer wants to use the remaining land to build three four-bedroom houses and a single three-bedroom house.

But concerns over the development include the loss of three of the seven allotments contained on the site.

Tenant Mr John Breckon has lodged an objection with the council. He said: “I am not against development of new houses where and when needed, but not to develop needlessly on a car park at the back of a pub for pure profit, without any consideration of the surrounding area or the inconvenience it will cause for people living nearby.

“There have been allotments on this site for over 50 years which helps to bring communities together. One allotment holder is 89 and has been cultivating his allotment for over 40 years. My allotment has mature fruit trees and bushes and a polytunnel, as well as livestock.

“The developers have proposed to split up the allotments to provide 25 allotments. This will also add to the car parking problems and even more traffic going across Manchester Road to Park Avenue.

“These issues might not be legal issues but they all bind together to make a community.”

The application states: “The proposed dwellings will maintain the high standard of quality and design of the dwellings in this location with traditional materials that are sympathetic and reflect the character of the area.

A planning officer will decide on the application unless three or more objections are received and it will be referred to Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee.