National development company Taylor Wimpey has submitted another application to build on Dilworth Hill in Longridge.
Following Ribble Valley borough planning committee’s refusal in November for 220 houses on the greenfield site at the entrance to the town, the company is now applying for 195 homes for the land off Dilworth Lane.
Dilworth Coun Ken Hind, who is also vice chairman of housing for Ribble Valley Council, said: “Taylor Wimpey are playing developers roulette with the Longridge community and the Ribble Valley borough council hoping that, if they fail on appeal, a further application will be successful.
“Profit before community or need seems to be the way forward for this developer. Up to now this company has not put a brick in the ground on its site in Whittingham where it has approval from Preston City Council for 650 homes granted over two years ago.”
Coun Hind felt Barratt had ‘joined the game’ having been refused 106 homes on the site adjacent to Chipping Lane in Longridge.
“They have put in an application to Ribble Valley borough council, yet to be adjudicated upon for 520 homes to include the cricket field,” he explained.
“In the meantime they have submitted plans to the planning enquiry on appeal on the refused 106 houses. The plans of the site are different from those refused by the planning committee. The company is entitled to do this within planning rules.
“The plans will have to be the subject of notification to all the residents affected. They will be notified by the borough to give them the opportunity to comment on the changes and will appear eventually on the council’s website.”
Coun Hind felt that Longridge was still under siege from land owners and developers “who cannot take no for an answer.”
Neither did they listen to the wishes of a local community which knows that 503 homes are to be built directly on its border with Preston, between Halfpenny Lane and Derby Road, and which would meet the local housing needs for many years to come.
Coun Hind added: “The borough council is in the process of appointing counsel and experts to respond to both companies appeals.
“We, as council tax payers, are being forced to use council resources to deal with appeals as well as new applications on the same sites where applications have been refused.
“It is my view Parliament should be looking at this to prevent it from happening.
“Developers should not be allowed to bankrupt and bully small councils into granting their applications.
“The game of developers roulette should not be allowed to continue.”
Coun Hind also revealed last year’s rejected plans for 220 homes is still subject to appeal by housing giants Taylor Wimpey.