Battle steps up to stop 270 new homes in Colne

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Campaigners against proposals for 270 homes in Colne have stepped up their fight.

Members of Lidgett and Beyond were among 500 people who took the chance to discuss the upcoming application at Colne Cricket Club.

The outline plans, to be submitted by Manthorpe Development (UK) Ltd, are for land east of Windermere Avenue, south of Castle Road and north of Skipton Old Road.

The area is know locally as “The Rough”, and is part of Colne’s “Green Lung”.

According to Lidgett and Beyond, questionnaires ran out on the first of two public consultations, while County Coun. Paul White stated he was forced to enter into “a stand-up row” over some of the statements made.

But a spokesman for the developers said the events had been “extremely useful” and “issues raised are being explored further and will influence the final scheme”.

Chairman of Lidgett and Beyond Owen Oliver said: “Apparently this application will be formally submitted next month and we need everyone who came to the event to support us and make their feelings known.

“The community of Colne will not benefit from this huge development. We were told that, if passed, the construction will go on for six or seven years, making living in this part of Colne absolutely intolerable.”

And the action group’s secretary Sarah Cockburn-Price added: “We were absolutely delighted with Colne’s response to this vast housing estate that is completely at odds with this beautiful area. The message was loud and clear – absolutely no one wants it.”

Responding, Manthorpe’s spokesman said: “The development team would like to thank those who attended and shared their views.

“All responses will be reviewed and considered by the project team to further inform the proposals prior to the planning applications being finalised. The scheme will be low density and will incorporate footpaths and cycleways to encourage wider community use of the public open space.

“The plans include the creation of approximately 10 acres of public open space and will provide enhanced access to existing public footpaths.”

Councillors have also revealed their views on the application and consultation, with County Coun. White stating: “Some of the statements made by some of the developer’s consultants were dubious to say the least.

“I want to make it clear that the fault of this development doesn’t lie with the council, it lies firmly at the doorstep of greed.” And Coun. Ann Kerrigan added: “This isn’t over yet and we do need to fight and keep on fighting.”

Lidgett and Beyond are organising a fund-raiser for the evening of March 8th at Colne Cricket Club. To join the group email