‘Jimmy’s’ housing plans rejected again

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COUNCILLORS have again thrown out plans to build more than 100 homes on a disused Nelson sports field.

Members of Pendle Council’s Nelson Committee had been recommended to approve a revised application from Gleeson Homes for the major development on the old James Nelson’s sports ground.

But on Monday night, they heard residents once again object to the proposals on the grounds of highway safety and over-development and voted to refuse permission.

The matter will now be referred to the council’s development management committee on July 23rd.

A previous bid by Gleeson was refused by that committee earlier this year on the grounds that there was no provision of open space within the application. Gleeson’s revised plans showed two houses had been removed from the original and a five-piece play area put in their place.

Residents say the proposed access to the site along Priory Chase will be unsuitable, especially in the winter where snow and ice have caused problems in the past.