Both campaigners and developers welcome local response to plans

An artist's impression of the Taylor Wimpey proposals for the housing development off Dilworth Lane
An artist's impression of the Taylor Wimpey proposals for the housing development off Dilworth Lane

The Taylor Wimpey consultation on its development proposals for Dilworth Lane drew about 100 people to the Old Station venue on Monday.

Both campaigners from the Save Longridge group and the team from the company were pleased with responses both for and against the 240 house-plans.

A Save Longridge spokesman said: “We’re getting some very good comments and feedback from lots of people which we’ll enlarge on for next week’s paper.

“There was an overwhelming opposition to what’s happening - maybe three or four people at most said they were in favour as they considered it to be progress for the town.”

Taylor Wimpey revealed that it aims to submit its planning applications later this month, but thanked local people for ‘a fantastic turnout,’

Andrew Thorley said: “We are now reviewing all the feedback received, and we are looking to reflect these local views in the design process.

“We will return to the community shortly to show how we have listened to the comments before any planning application is submitted to Ribble Valley Council.”

Constructive feedback was received from residents over concerns on the capacity of local infrastructure, especially roads and schools, points which were being discussed with Lancashire county and Ribble Valley councils, said Mr Thorley.

Local residents expressed their support for the inclusion of some bungalows and starter family homes on the new development.

Also welcomed was the retention of the existing hedgerows and trees, the planting of new trees, the use of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems and the incorporation of a countryside edge along the eastern perimeter of the site close to Spade Mill Reservoir and Blackburn Road.

The initial consultation period is open until April 28.

For more information, visit the project website at or email on

A community Information line is also available during this period on 0161 233 7670 from Monday–Friday, 9.30am – 5pm.