Lidgett and Beyond has already mapped out its plan of action as the charity continues in its aim to protect and enhance the area on the eastern edge of Colne.
It was a bitter-sweet outcome for local residents after the Planning Inspector’s decision to approve the Appeal for 90 houses, but to firmly dismiss the one for 270 houses.
“We can hold our heads up high after the decision in the knowledge that, had we done nothing, Pendle Borough Council’s Planning Department would have approved the lot,” said David Cockburn-Price, Chairman of Lidgett and Beyond Trustees.
“So, restricting it to only up to 90 houses in the south-western corner has to be viewed as a success.
“However, this is for access only, so we will continue to fight for a site plan and housing design which is both sensitive and appropriate for the Lidgett and Bents Conservation Area.”
The Trustees’ other key aim is to ensure the rest of The Rough, now protected by the senior Inspector’s conclusions, and the neighbouring Lidgett Triangle are both excluded from Pendle Borough Council’s Site Allocations process, which is expected to begin towards the end of the year.
Lidgett and Beyond is also discussing how best to enhance the area.
One idea is to create displays, notices and leaflets to explain the area’s history, including colourful anecdotes from its local characters, both past and present.
The charity aims to play its part in the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Colne, having been co-opted to the Town Council’s working party.
“We need to ensure these precious areas are given the security and status they deserve for the future as part of the Green Infrastructure Review being carried out”, explained Mr Cockburn-Price.
“We work for the long term benefit of the area, rather than the greedy short-term aims of developers and we look to local politicians for support.”
In light of the future battles ahead, Lidgett and Beyond has already produced its 2017 calendar and will be selling it for only £5, along with early Christmas bric-a-brac and presents, at the Hallowe’en Outdoor Market on October 29th.
The group raised tens of thousands of pounds to defend The Rough and must now continue to replenish its fighting fund.