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46-home development is given the go-ahead in Barnoldswick
12:56pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
Councillors gave the go-ahead to a 46-home development on land off Valley Road in Barnoldswick.
Members of the West Craven Area Committee met last Tuesday and unanimously approved the application by Mulberry Homes Ltd.
The site for the houses, which will include a mix of two and three-bedroom affordable terraced and semi-detached properties, is located between the Silentnight car park and the rear of houses on Ethel Street.
The plan also includes construction of an entrance off Valley Road.
Mike Thompson, of Barnoldswick, objected to the scheme.
He said: “There are already a lot of new homes in Barnoldswick that are available but not sold.
“These would be two and three-bed houses, which usually means more children and putting pressure on local schools.
“You should reject the application in its present form and the developer should go away and consider something better for the future of Barnoldswick.”
However, Neil Watson, Pendle Council’s planning and building control manager, said there was a need for housing.
“It’s very clear there is a need for affordable units in Pendle,” he added.
Committee chairman Coun David Whipp said the new two-form entry Barnoldswick C of E Primary School could cope with an increased number of pupils.
“As a committee we’ve been looking at this for more than a year now,” added Coun Whipp. “There’s been a considerable amount of contribution from residents, who generally support it. There is very little opposition to this.
“This is a ‘win-win’ and is something that should be approved with safeguards. New houses, particularly affordable homes, should be welcomed.”
Coun Whipp said safeguards were needed to prevent potential flooding on the site.
“For someone who has been up to his knees in water on adjacent land, I’m very concerned about flood risk in that area.
“A considerable amount of mitigation work has taken place, but it still doesn’t meet the ‘one in 100’ flood risk criteria.
“I’m most concerned that the floor levels of the proposed development are high enough to avoid flooding on the properties.”
But his fears were allayed with the strengthening of a condition requiring a greenfield drainage system to be introduced to slow water run off.
A unilateral undertaking was also proposed which would see allotment land transferred to Pendle Council for £1 once the first house is occupied, or five years after construction begins.
“We’d don’t want to end up with a strip of land that is unloved and uncared for,” said Coun Whipp.
Barnoldswick Town Council also discussed the allotment land issue at its meeting last Wednesday.
Town council chairman, Coun Ken Hartley, said the town council would be willing to take over management of the allotment land if it was ceded to Pendle Council.
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