Protest day over Barnoldswick homes plan

The protest
The protest

Campaigners against a major housing development in Barnoldswick held a protest day at the site over the Bank Holiday.

Dog walkers and ramblers joined local residents in the protest against the application to build 29 homes on land off Long Ing Lane.

The May Sunday protest was the latest move in the objections to the plans.

Individual residents whose outlook would be directly affected by the new houses have sent complaints to Pendle Council and a “Save Barlick’s Green Fields” petition already has hundreds of signatures.

The grounds of complaint include an unacceptable increase in traffic congestion and injury risk to travellers and pedestrians on such a minor road as Long Ing Lane, blight on the green field environment enjoyed by residents and by ramblers and dog walkers who use the numerous footpaths and an increase in flooding.

One of the protesters for whom flooding is a constant concern is Anne Ainley, whose cottage on Long Ing Lane is at the bottom of a steep incline.

She said: “Three times in the past year, I had to call the council out to unblock the drains to relieve the flooding. These new buildings would only increase the severity of the flooding.”

Mrs Ainley is also very worried that building another road off Long Ing Lane would cause an increase in traffic flow that would lead to more risk of accidents, especially as Long Ing Lane is the route of heavy wagons to and from the Silentnight beds factory.

Dog walkers are also worried they could lose their regular haunts – some of who have walked pets in the area for more than 30 years.

One such dog walker is Helen Thomas, of Rainhall Road. She said: “I have been taking dogs round these fields for about 35 years and I know of at least a dozen others who have done the same for 25 years or more.”

Some of the objections to the application by Stirling Investment Properties were voiced in April when residents attended a meeting of the council’s West Craven Committee to consider the outline application for access to the site by breaking through the wall in Long Ing Lane.

The councillors unanimously voted to defer a decision until their next meeting in early June with the chairman of the committee, Coun. David Whipp, saying members needed to give further consideration to various issues.