Controversial Spenbrook homes plan returns

Controversial plans for a major housing development in a small Pendleside settlement are due to go before Pendle councillors again on Thursday.

Tuesday, 4th February 2014, 3:00 pm

Members of the Barrowford and Western Parishes Committee are recommended to approve the scheme at the former William Pownall and Sons carpet mill site in Spenbrook.

The committee deferred a decision at its January meeting to study amended plans which had been submitted.

The plans from Ingham and Keers, if approved, would see the existing mill building converted into 10 three-bedroom homes.

Modern extensions to the mill on the site would be demolished and 18 homes – all but one of them five-bedroomed and the other with four – would be built there, some with detached garages and others with attached sun rooms.

The application has provoked a mixed reaction in the Newchurch area and a row at a meeting of Goldshaw Booth Parish Council which led to the resignation of chairman Bill Mayor.

The council has objected to the plans, saying the scale of the proposed development is too large for the area.

It also calls for asurances to be given on the control of surface water, the preservation of tree cover on the site, additional planting and adequate public consultation on any alterations to Spenbrook Road and the positioning of speed limit boundaries.

Five local residents have also objected, with many objecting to the size of the development which wouild virtually double the size of Spenbrook.