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First round won by Colne homes protesters

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Residents have been left feeling bitter sweet after the first part of their battle against plans for 36 homes in Colne were rejected by councillors.

The Beck Developments proposals for land to the north of The Meadows were turned down at the latest Pendle Council’s Colne and District Committee meeting.

Colne Town Hall was packed with around 60 locals objecting to the application, which was ultimately refused on traffic, drainage and design grounds.

But having overcome their first hurdle, they are now left facing an anxious wait to see whether the application will be approved by Pendle Council’s Development Management Committee on February 23rd.

If given the green light, the site would be accessed from Red Lane along The Meadows, and would comprise of 30 houses and six bungalows. A previous application for the land, which is primarily designated as a “protected area” was turned down last year.

Emma Vine, of The Meadows, spoke at the latest meeting to voice some concerns shared by residents.

The 32-year-old told the Colne Times: “We are just really angry to be honest.

“It is great it has been refused, but I feel a bit bewildered as to why the plans have been put in.

“It went to the Development Management Committee last time and got turned down - they could have appealed, but they didn’t, it’s crazy. They are wanting to take some of our gardens away to create pavements.

“There has been an independent traffic survey done, but it was done during the holidays at 9-30am in the morning, when there was 150 cars in an hour. I did a survey, and in 15 minutes there was more than that - there were 708 cars in one hour. With 36 homes, there will be at least two cars per house, which is a massive addition to traffic.

“The worst thing is the stress it is putting people through. But the one good thing is that it has united us all, and made us get to know one another. We are going to keep fighting and we are not going to give up.

“Anybody objecting to these plans can come and show their support on February 23rd at Nelson Town Hall.”

Ways in which the latest application for The Meadows differs from original plans include the fact the number of affordable houses have been reduced from six to four, and that the mix of housetypes has been changed.

The proposals sparked a 132-signature petition and 34 letters, comments and emails.

But case officer Kathryn Hughes had recommended that the application should be approved, stating the development “would not adversely impact on amenity, ecology, air quality, the listed building or green belt”.

She added: “Adequate off street parking has been provided and the highway network can accommodate the additional vehicular traffic that will arise from this development.”