Residents' anger at plans to build new homes in Salterforth

Salterforth villagers are unhappy with the proposals. (s)
Salterforth villagers are unhappy with the proposals. (s)
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Angry residents have voiced concerns about "overcrowding" over plans to build 34 new homes in Salterforth, which they claim will "destroy" their village.

Under the proposals, which have been submitted to Pendle Borough Council by developers DDK Estates Limited and Seddon Homes Ltd, the two, three and four-bedroom houses will be built on greenfield land to the east of Beckside.

Local residents are unhappy about these plans claiming the new development at the 1.86-hectare site will not only impact on the visual aspect of the landscape, but will negatively impact on the countryside and rural bridle path, increase traffic in Salterforth and put other buildings and roads at risk of flooding.

A community spokesman said: "Salterforth is a historic, rural village. The new development will significantly protrude into the surrounding landscape and negatively impact on the rural bridle path, which is a well-used amenity by all ages, horse riders, tourists, visitors and walkers.

"This area of countryside is of major significance to the residents and families in Salterforth, neighbouring villages and towns and this development would demonstrably harm the character and appearance of this historic area of Salterforth.

"There is so much development going on around Salterforth that we won't be a village soon."

Residents have also expressed fears that the current roads, schools and GP surgeries in the area would be overcrowded if the homes were built.

"Hospital and doctors services are already stretched, under pressure and to get a GP appointment is a struggle. We are hundreds of secondary school places short over the next five years with pupil overcrowding and the effect on education is a major concern."

Now, a plea is being issued to local residents to show a united front and voice their objections.

The spokesman added: "Let us work together as a community to object to this development. All objections are crucial to protecting our landscape, amenities, countryside and our legacy."

Residents have until Sunday (June 24th) to submit their objections by e-mailing: planning@pendle.gov.uk with reference 18/0362/FUL