The developer behind a proposed 29-house planning application for land off Long Ing Lane in Barnoldswick has won its appeal.
Stirling Investment Properties LLP appealed Pendle Council’s July 2014 decision to reject the outline plan on grounds that the development extends Barnoldswick’s settlement boundary, the principle of development on a private street highway was deemed not acceptable and because of the impact the development would have on highway safety.
The rejection came off the back of a wave of public objection. A “Save Barlick’s green fields” group was set up and its petition attracted 550 signatures while a Facebook post calling for people to protest saw more than 2,000 hits in the first 24 hours alone.
But government inspector Geoffrey Hill has found in favour of the developer’s argument, concluding that the “proposed scheme would not unacceptably jeopardise conditions of highway safety”.
Mr Hill stated that while there was a conflict with policy regarding the proposed appearance of the development, he stated that “the degree of harm to the character and appearance of the area would be small and would not be sufficient to significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the scheme.”
The planning inspector’s report said Pendle Council decided not to pursue the second reason for refusal, building on the private road being Moss Side, because it was agreed that the proposed scheme would not encroach on to the street.
See Friday’s Barnoldswick and Earby Times for the full story and reaction.