Controversial 270-home plan to go before Colne councillors

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Controversial applications to build 270 homes on a Colne beauty spot are set to go before councillors.

The plans for The Rough will be debated by the Pendle Council Colne and District Committee on Wednesday from 7pm.

And due to the high volume of residents expected to attend the meeting, it will be held at the Muni, rather than the town hall.

Community group Lidgett and Beyond have made their opposition clear since the proposals for land behind Favordale and off Windermere Avenue, came to light.

In a report by case officer Neil Watson, it states that around 400 letters of objection have been received for each application, with concerns including the belief that “the development is unsustainable”, it would have an “adverse impact on wildlife on the site” and it “would lead to an increase in traffic congestion in the area”. However, both have been recommended for approval.

Responding Lidgett and Beyond treasurer David Cockburn-Price said: “We are against the recommendation, and we believe there are significant issues in respect of transport, heritage and environment. Also, there are issues with ecology, visual amenity and quality of life.

“We will have lots of people lining up to speak, and we will make sure they have different points to make. We have also earned the support from the Campaign to Protect Rural England. We encourage as many people as possible to make it to the Muni, and we hope we can get the support of politicians of all colours. We are fully expecting this to be the first battle in a very long war.

“We are not nimby - we are quite happy to have quite a bit of development in the area, but it has got to be in the right place. This most certainly is not.”

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.

Neil Watson’s report is available to view on the Pendle Council website.

The following applications will also be discussed at the meeting:

l Plans to change the use of a detached single-storey building to a dwelling house with associated curtilage and parking area at Long Hill Farm, Foulridge

l Plans to change the use of a retail unit to a gym, in Corporation Street