Details of 195 new homes plan get go-ahead

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The final details for Taylor Wimpey’s controversial housing development to the north of Dilworth Lane were approved by borough planners at last Thursday’s meeting.

Known as reserved matters, usually decided outside Ribble Valley planning committee under delegated powers and following outline planning permission, the details cover items including layout, landscaping and building materials.

They also set out house types for the 195 properties planned for the 10.02 hectare site in Longridge.

Longridge Town Council had submitted strong objections on the grounds of flooding, drainage and the placing of affordable housing.

At Thursday’s meeting, Longridge councillors Stuart Carefoot and Rupert Swarbrick voted against the reserved matters.

Coun Jim Rogerson voted for the application with other planning committee councillors.

Coun Swarbrick explained: “Unusually the reserved matters did come to committee on Thursday and were passed. Stuart Carefoot and I voted against but we were the only two in a fully attended committee, so it was about 18 for and two against.

“There was precious little to comment on as Taylor Wimpey had responded to the feedback (from residents and Save Longridge) and frankly, as schemes go, this now isn’t bad, except of course for the whole principle of it – a cause already lost.”

In his conclusions for recommending approval with five conditions, planning officer Stephen Kilmartin answers concerns covering drainage, foul and surface water and insufficient landscaping.

The five conditions include carrying out the development in complete accordance with drawing details, all housing materials being approved before their use, revised house elevations and floorplans being agreed, boundary treatments, fencing and walling, plus the placing of external meter boxes near properties, carried out in strict 
accordance with approved details.