Langho caravan site plan is rejected

The Entrance to Clitheroe Town hall
The Entrance to Clitheroe Town hall

Residents who had campaigned against a controversial application to create a caravan park in Langho were celebrating after councillors gave it the red light.

The application for the scheme on land behind the Petre Arms included 21 caravans, an outdoor play area and storage unit.

It was certainly the right outcome for Langho for a host of reasons including the impact a development of this nature would have on residents, businesses and the community

Coun. Ged Mirfin

Members of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee turned down the application on the grounds of the detrimental impact it would have on the village including the school, community centre, church and surrounding hotels due to noise and odour pollution as generators would be used on the site as there are no electricity, gas or water.

It was also refused on the grounds of traffic safety issues as protestors had argued that cars towing caravans would not have a clear view of traffic exiting the roundabout on the A59 and travelling down Whalley Road as it was close to a bend.

They were also concerned about the increased number of vehicles the site, which could accommodate up to 50 people, would bring to the closeknit community.

Welcoming the decision, Coun. Ged Mirfin said: “This decision was made after a long and detailed debate and it was certainly the right outcome for Langho for a host of reasons including the impact a development of this nature would have on residents, businesses and the community.”

Several people who had objected to the scheme attended the meeting and watched proceedings from the public gallery.

They had claimed to have evidence that the true nature of the application was not a recreational caravan site but a permanent/semi permanent site for travelling people and they argued this falls out of the terms of the application.

Villagers were also worried the site would accommodate in excess of 50 people, many of whom would have vehicles, and this would have a major environmental and health and safety issue. They also argued that Langho was not a tourist area so would have no benefit to the village.

The application had been recommended for approval but was withdrawn at a previous planning meeting as officers had asked for more information about the scheme.