Changes to Colne controversial homes plan

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Controversial plans to build 270 homes on a Colne beauty spot have been altered.

Proposals for the The Rough have been rectified, with the Skipton Old Road access point being scrapped by the applicant. Minor changes have also been made to the Castle Road access.

Now community group Lidgett and Beyond feel they do not have enough time to digest and respond to the new application before a decision is made by councillors.

L&B treasurer David Cockburn-Price said: “We are pleased that they have listened to some of the comments but we do feel it is just a token gesture.

“They have obviously gone through the 400 responses, and thought Skipton Old Road is narrow, but a lot of people will have responded by saying about the road and how it is a nightmare for local residents - and that isn’t relevant anymore.

“We have a lot of objections and want them to be fully considered and see the whole project rejected.

“We are encouraging members who have written about this to write again in the very limited time the council have given us. We feel there should be a full, new consultation taking place.

“This is the biggest planning application in the whole of Colne... and it is being rushed through and chopped and changed, and I am told that is normal practice.”

Responding Neil Watson, Pendle Council’s planning and building control manager, said: “The applicant removed access to the site off Skipton Road in response to comments made about the negative impact that would have.

“There’s still time to comment and make further representations on the applications. They are expected to go to Colne Area Committee on either March 12th or April 1st.”

Applicant Junction Property Ltd have made arguments for the application in a planning design access statement - available on the Pendle Council website. These include the fact there is a need for additional housing in Colne, that there is a need for sustainable development, and that the site is accessible by cycling, walking, or using public transport