Housing giants cut housing numbers on Longridge site

The Chipping Road masterplan
The Chipping Road masterplan
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Building giants Barratt Homes have scaled back plans for a major development in Longridge, saying they have done so after feedback from the local community.

Barratt Homes lodged plans for 520 new homes at Higgin Brook, off Chipping Road in September last year, but say they are now reducing the number to 363 in response to comments from residents and “community stakeholders.”

The company says it has been working with the people of Longridge through a Community Liaison Forum, creating an ongoing dialogue with ward councillors, Town Council representatives, Save Longridge, business groups and organisations.

Barratt senior land manager Andrew Brown said: “We have listened to what the local community has told us and we have decided to reduce the number of homes at the Chipping Road site by 30%. We will also move the development further away from neighbouring residential areas in response to concerns the new homes would potentially be too close to properties on Redwood Drive and Crumpax Avenue.

“However, unlike other schemes, we want to deliver more than just new homes and our willingness to invest in providing significant community benefits for the people of Longridge has not faltered. As a result, we remain committed to providing a site for a new primary school at the heart of the development that will assist existing schools in accommodating the future demand for primary school places that will increase in the town as a result of planned future housing growth.

“Barratt Homes will also provide a new £2 million modern playing facility for Longridge Cricket Club in the north east of the site. This will not only create a lasting sporting legacy for the town, but it will also assist this flagship Club in continuing to operate at a high standard in the future.”

The revised scheme includes 363 new homes to buy or rent, 108 of which will be affordable. All will be marketed to Longridge residents only for the first three months. There will be 54 homes for the elderly.

For all the affordable properties thecompany says it will ensure through a legal agreement, that Longridge families will have first priority ahead of residents from neighbouring local authority areas.

The planning application submitted to Ribble Valley last September will now be amended to reflect these changes and it is anticipated the revised plans will be determined by members of the council’s planning and development committee in the summer.