Major building firms still opposed locally

The local campaign against overdevelopment in Longridge is stepping up the pace
The local campaign against overdevelopment in Longridge is stepping up the pace
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As the local campaign increases in pace against the over-development of Longridge, major builders eyeing the several sites around the town continue to set out their plans as ‘the best solution’ to the local housing challenge.

The latest was last week’s shock announcment of the Monks/Forshaw consortium proposals for up to 400 properties at Grimbaleston Farm’s 20 acre site of Preston Road.

Barratt Homes has already submitted an application for 106 homes behind Sainsbury’s, Gladman has an application for 190 properties, Taylor Wimpey has dropped 20 houses from its Dilworth Lane plans to give a revised total of 220, and Miller Homes, now completing their 61-property development at Romans Crossing, has met community youngsters at Barnacre Road Primary School.

The firm’s health and safety manager, Lee Jones, spoke to pupils on the importance of staying away from building sites still under construction.

Head Simon Wallis commented: “The children loved Lee’s presentation, and it has proved to be a fun way to educate our children about staying away from building sites.”

Amdrew Thorley, regional director for Taylor Wimpey, welcomed the fact that 50 local residents attended the firm’s recent second public presentation for Dilworth Lane.

The updated plans incorporated local feedback, and design improvements included a single vehicular access point, new bus stops, a safe pedestrian and cycle link through the site, drainage improvements; the inclusion of bungalows, community orchard and a village green.

He said: “The community has been instrumental in improving the proposals to ensure they deliver the right scheme for Longridge in the right way.”

In their latest press release, the Save Longridge campaigners state they feel the Grimbaldeston farm would be the most sustainable of the sites proposed to date and would have the least impact on the community of Longridge.

They add: “Given the fact that this site can accommodate between 250 - 400 homes, this would cater for the bulk of the residual requirement up to 2028.

“If this site was offered as an alternative to the others, then we feel this would be the most preferable to most residents. No matter where development occurs, the issue of the roads into Longridge still has to be addressed to facilitate this vast influx of new residents.”

The group will be publicising their efforts this coming Saturday by taking part in Longridge Field Day. They will be joining in the parade and have a site on the field to talk to and answer queries.