Green lung campaigners meet in Colne

RAISING CONCERNS: Residents met at Colne Cricket Club to discuss major plans for The Rough (S)
RAISING CONCERNS: Residents met at Colne Cricket Club to discuss major plans for The Rough (S)

Nearly 200 people attended meetings over the weekend to discuss how to fight major plans for part of Colne’s “green lung”.

Two gatherings were held at Colne Cricket Club on Saturday to give members of community group Lidgett and Beyond a chance to voice their concerns over proposals for The Rough.

If given the green light, the 270-home plans, which have been submitted to Pendle Council in two separate applications, would be built on land behind Favordale and off Windermere Avenue, between Castle Road and Skipton Old Road.

Fears include the fact the development “would encroach” on green belt land and a conservation area, and that it could also have an effect on the character of the neighbourhood.

There are concerns that there could be a flooding risk, and that there could be a lack of added value to the rural community.

“Inappropriate” vehicular access to Hill Lane, the loss

of agricultural land as well as the loss of wildlife, flora and fauna, and the loss of residential amenity, have also been discussed.

L&B treasurer David Cockburn-Price said: “Despite the rather horrible weather we managed to get over 100 people to the lunch-time session and over 80 people to the evening session.

“At the first session there was standing room only in the club, and we gave a talk at the start about where we are up to, what is happening, and the best thing members can do.

“People were asking us to what to put in their letters of objection, and we said they should give their personal concerns and their personal experiences, while we will look at the main planning issues as well.

“There is a large amount of horror at the prospect of it, and people are very apprehensive about it.

“There are obvious concerns about traffic, schools, doctors, and other facilities, but then there are also people saying it is going to mar their quality of life, that they could have misery for 10 years during building, and that it will knock down the value of their house. It is a wholly unsustainable application and it is in the wrong place.”

Organisers have thanked Tracey Bolton for making cakes for the meeting and raising £140 for L&B funds.

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.

For more information and for guidance on how to write responses to both applications visit L&B’s Facebook page.

The deadline for comments on the application is Wednesday, when L&B members will also be attending Colne’s town council meeting. Responses can be submitted via Pendle Council’s website, by post, or by email.