Salterforth tourism plan looks set for green light

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A TOURISM venture in Salterforth is set to be given the go-ahead, despite concerns from some residents.

Plans for a fishing lake and 12 two-bedroom mobile homes at Far Hey Farm were provisionally approved by Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee councillors. They delegated final approval to the council’s Regeneration Director subject to a number of conditions and a further look at the landscaping scheme to make sure the site is properly screened.

It was the second application for the site, after an original proposal threw up problems around drainage and the prominence of the mobile homes in open countryside. A number of residents objected to the plans, saying there is already a traffic problem on Salterforth Lane.

Speaking about the revised application, Coun. Chris Tennant said: “I think the majority of the issues have been overcome and would be controlled by conditions but there are inevitably concerns raised by many of the residents, especially around the access road.

“However, it is a tourist amenity in an area which we all know is well liked and used and should have a positive impact with the conditions.”

Coun. David Whipp said: “It is obvious from responses that there is still considerable concern from residents in Salterforth and those who use the canal and tow path. The list of objections fills almost two pages and given that Coun. Valerie Langtree, chairman of the Parish Council, has said they are in opposition, clearly this is a difficult application in terms of getting it right between what the applicant wants to do and the comments of local residents.”

Coun. Whipp proposed that the application be accepted, on the condition that extra planting be added to the northern edge of the site, which was agreed by the committee.