Colne residents urged to fight 500 homes plan

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A Colne Town Councillor has called on Pendle Council and local residents to fight plans for up to 500 new houses.

Coun. Jim Kerrigan, who represents Horsfield Ward in Colne, wants everyone to fight hard against any plans in to build a large housing estate at the back of the Lakes Estate, between Lidgett and Castle Road.

This follows a spate of surveyors who have been seen on the land in recent days.

They have also been carrying out traffic surveys on both Skipton Old Road and Castle Road.

The land includes part of the controversial Lidgett Triangle site which local people have fought for decades to keep free from development.

It also includes land backing on to Coniston Grove, Thirlmere Avenue and Buttermere Avenue, collectively known as the Lakes Estate.

If fully developed, it is estimated as many as 500 homes could be built.

Liberal Democrat Coun. Kerrigan said: “Pendle Council is in the last stages of putting together a Core Strategy for its Local Plan.

“It will then have to decide which land to allocate to housing and industry and which to leave as farmland.

“It would be a disgrace if landowners and developers try to pre-empt these democratic local decisions.

“People consider the land to be the natural edge of Colne and use it a lot for walking.

“Once it is built on, it is lost for ever.

“I would urge residents to keep an eye on the situation and fight any proposals to build on the land.”

Members of the Lidgett Triangle Group have already met to discuss the latest developments.