New homes plan for Clitheroe as appeal is made
A DEVELOPER wants to build 140 homes on a site where similar plans were refused earlier this year.
Strategic Land Group has applied to Ribble Valley Borough Council for permission for the homes off Henthorn Road, Clitheroe.
The original application for the same number of houses was refused by the council’s planning committee in April.
Councillors had concerns that it would be prejudicial to the emerging core strategy, along with worries over where new homes would be built according to the strategy.
The first proposal is now set to be appealed despite the new application.
Coun Terry Hill, chairman of the planning committee, said: “Developers do this because they want to possibly avoid the costs of going to an appeal and to give the authority a second chance to look over the application.
“They normally change a small amount of detail in the plans.”
It comes after plans for 270 houses and a doctor’s surgery were approved on appeal on the opposite side of the road in April which will be built by Taylor Wimpey. Ribble Valley councillor Ged Mirfin, who is a member of the council’s planning committee said: “This is part of a continuing trend whereby developers are playing the system and putting pressure on local councils.
“If they do not like a democratic decision that has been made, then they think it’s fine to then find any way they can to get it overturned.
“They are taking advantage of every opportunity that they can find to get their way and try to force through their applications which might not be in the best interests of the residents of Clitheroe.”
A spokesman for the Strategic Land Group said: “The supporting technical reports identify no impacts which would significantly outweigh the benefits of development.
“The proposed site is therefore identified as the preferred and logical location for a new development within Clitheroe. Housing in this location will deliver tangible benefits to the town centre and local communities with no major environmental or over-riding constraints.”
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