Barnoldswick canalside home plan refused

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A plan to build a “fishbowl” house between Roundell Road and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Barnoldswick has been unanimously refused by councillors.

Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee was deciding on the plan for a detached bungalow with associated curtilage and off street parking at land off Skipton Road at its February meeting.

It was rejected on grounds of design, the proposed plot being too cramped and its effect on the amenity of both existing residents and future occupants.

The application, which had a planning officer recommendation for refusal due to its proposed effect on the integrity of the canal, will now go in front of Pendle Council’s Development Management Committee which next meets on Monday February, 23rd.

At the meeting, Judith Douglas, speaking in support of the application, told councillors that the Canal and River Trust had withdrawn its objection and were now satisfied after the applicant submitted more information about the proposed foundations.

However, Coun. David Whipp said: “It will be awful. It will be like living in a fishbowl.”

Pendle Council’s Planning Manager Neil Watson said the house was “unusual” and “distinct” in its design but urged councillors to drop the refusal on amenity grounds because of a planning inspector decision at a previous appeal at the same location.

Mr Watson said: “It has been tested on appeal and has been lost and quite clearly lost.”

But Coun. Whipp said planning decisions were not like “sausage making” in that you know what you’re going to get at the other end, and a different inspector may come to a different decision.

Coun. Whipp said: “I would leave it in. I think our view is just as valid as any planning inspector from Bristol or wherever he might come from.”