Permission for five new homes is granted by committee of councillors

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Pendle Council’s Colne and District Committee had seven planning applications to consider at its February meeting.

Councillors saw fit to approve six of the seven, including one to build five detached dwelling houses with garages at the Cement Works off Knotts Lane in Colne, submitted by applicant Mr D. Liversidge.

The houses will each have four bedrooms, two with double garages to the side and three with single garages to the front.

The committee also approved the erection of a new detached building to accommodate staff facilities including offices, storage, toilet and canteen at Knarrs Hill Cottage, Warley Wise Lane, Laneshaw Bridge.

At the same location, Mr T. Binns had also submitted an application to demolish existing offices and build an extension to update a machinery store and make alterations to the log store. This was also given the green light.

Also approved was an application by Crystal Care Homes Ltd to vary condition eight of planning permission 13/13/0312P to change the internal layout and create two further bedrooms at Sycamore Rise Residential Care Home in Hill Lane, Colne.

And councillors gave the go ahead to Mr G. Hinole’s application for the construction of a single storey extension to the rear of 5 Coniston Drive, Colne, and to put up a 1.8m high fence to the side.

All five applications had a planning department recommendation for approval.

Councillors also followed the planning department’s recommendation to refuse an extension to the east facing elevations at Lakeview Children’s Nursery, Skipton New Road, Foulridge, and make alterations to and extend the car park to create additional spaces.

The recommendation said the changes constituted an inappropriate development in the green belt harming its character and openness and that the harm is not outweighed by any other considerations.

However, committee members overturned the planning department’s recommendation to refuse a resubmitted application from Mr and Mrs A. Clark, instead choosing to grant consent to the creation of a single storey link extension between the house and detached garage at Stag House, Red Lane, Colne.

This will now be considered by Pendle Council’s Development Management Committee at its meeting on Monday, February 22nd, because the decision was a significant departure from the council’s current planning policy.