Planners seek green light for major housing in Longridge

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Planning bosses are asking for controversial plans for hundreds of new homes off Chipping Lane, Longridge, which include new cricket club and school, to be ‘deferred and delegated’ to themselves for approval.

In a lengthy report, due to go before Ribble Valley’s planning committee tomorrow night, director of community services, John Heap is asking councillors to give the thumbs up for his department to deal with this major application, and grant its approval subject to the satisfactory completion of a legal agreement regarding developer contributions and conditions.

Barratt Homes has applied to build a mix of homes, including affordable housing and housing for the elderly and to relocate Longridge Cricket Club, providing a new ground, pavilion, car park and associated facilities. The plans also include a primary school; vehicle and pedestrian access; landscaping and public space on the land, east of Chipping Lane.

The report states the development would ‘contribute to the provision of housing and affordable housing in the borough to meet objectively assessed housing need’ and as it is within walking distance of existing services and facilities, is considered ‘appropriate for residential development’.

Mr Heap does not believe it would cause significant harm to the ‘character and appearance or visual amenities of the immediate area’ and says the visual impact ‘would not be so significant as to outweigh the benefits associated with the proposal’.

There have been 82 letters of objection and three letters of support.

Longridge Town Council’s objections include it being in the wrong place and the housing being too dense. Residents’ objections including highway congestion; too many houses already in the locality and enough consents given elsewhere; inadequate drainage; loss of greenspace; not enough infrastructure and inappropriate extension of Longridge.

* A previous application for 106 houses on the Chipping Lane site is currently subject to appeal after being refused by Ribble Valley Council.