Locals object to 148 home plan in Barnoldswick

Local residents who are unhappy over the proposed 148 housing development off Long Ing Lane.
Local residents who are unhappy over the proposed 148 housing development off Long Ing Lane.
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Unhappy residents are objecting to an application for up to 148 homes on the former Barnsay Shed site in Barnoldswick.

The outline application from The Sutton Family Pension Trust includes 101 three bedroom properties and 47 two bedroom properties on the former factory site and the adjacent field off Long Ing Lane.

Proposed houses will be two, two-and-a-half and three storeys in height with spaces for 222 cars and 296 bicycles.

However, locals living nearby are unimpressed with the proposal, with a number lodging objections to the application which they deem as totally inappropriate for the location.

Grounds for objection include the site is liable to flooding, contaminated water from a former landfill site, it is greenfield site and, in part, is green belt, the access points are unsuitable and surrounding infrastructure is not good enough.

Other concerns are the scale and density of properties within the development, inadequate parking provision, the destruction of wildlife habitat and the further pressure on dental and medical services and school places in Barnoldswick.

In a letter to the council, objectors Kevin and Jean Marshall said the farm lane access was a “single track road with one passing place” and infrastructure in the town was “not sufficient to be able to cope with such a large influx of new residents”.

They added: “A development of this size would destroy the natural environment and appearance of our rural town.”

In their objection, Kenneth and Maria Phillips highlighted a 7.5 ton weight restriction on Coates Avenue and the weak bridge on Long Ing Lane.

Mr and Mrs Phillips said the one small access point on the farm lane “appears to have been removed” and feared the proposed turning circle was “inadequate” and vehicles of all sizes may have to complete a “very hazardous” reverse back on to Long Ing Lane.

They added: “If the development were to go ahead it would have a hugely detrimental effect on our quality of life, that of our immediate neighbours and the community of Barnoldswick at large.”

And nearby businesses are also concerned, including Silentnight, directly opposite the application site across the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

In a letter to Pendle Council, Richard Logan, Chief Operations Officer, stressed that the company is not opposed to the application but is unsatisfied at the way a noise survey was carried out and believe it to be “neither accurate nor comprehensive in its findings”.

Although the applicant confirms that access will be from existing points off Long Ing Lane, these are to be improved and upgraded according to documents.

The plan also includes open spaces, green corridors, areas for tree planting and landscaping, ponds and brooks and pedestrian routes to link with footpaths beyond.