New Longridge plans follow three borough refusals

A view of Andrew Miller's garden and site for his two-property planning application
A view of Andrew Miller's garden and site for his two-property planning application

Housing oversupply, highways issues, non-access of essential services, land infill and visual amenity affecting adjacent properties and the Grade 2-listed Club Row.

These were the reasons Longridge Town Council has recommended refusal of more housing on Higher Road.

At their meeting last week, councillors heard objections from three residents when considering Andrew Miller’s application for outline planning permission to build two detached houses with detached garages, including access, in the garden of his property, 46 Higher Road.

For Dilworth Community Voice, Angeline Humphreys from 50 Higher Road, said she had overlooked the applicant’s site for the past 25 years and reminded the meeting that the application followed three refusals, two in 2012 and 2016 - one by Mr Miller for four properties and the second by VH Land Partnership for 125 houses at 74 Higher Road.

One of the major reasons for the Land Partnership rejection was that Ribble Valley borough council had a five year supply identified as suitable for development, and more than 800 houses with planning permission waiting to be built.

“To grant this application would show inconsistency and open the council to criticism and vulnerability to judicial review,” said Mrs Humphreys. “Development on this land has been turned down on three occasions and on appeal. The reasons which led to those objections have not changed and are equally valid today.”

Resident Ben Holden of 54 Higher Road stressed road safety concerns on what was virtually ‘a single track route’ which would have no capacity for more traffic if the application was approved. “Longridge is already suffering and it would be inappropriate for the town council to support any development.”

Bernard Hunt of Higher Road stressed that access and foundations for the development would be right on the boundary with the Club Row cottages built in 1793.