Clitheroe residents will fight plan for 345 homes
8:00pm Friday 7th September 2012 in News
RESIDENTS who attended a public exhibition detailing plans for up to 345 new houses and a crèche in Clitheroe have said they oppose the plans.
A consortium of land-owners, including Clitheroe Auction Mart, the Huntroyde Estate and John Taylor, have brought plans forward for the Waddow View development, which would be located on land to the west of the town, just off Waddington Road.
The developers wanted to gauge public reaction to the proposals before submitting a planning application to Ribble Valley Council Eric Robinson, who lives in Chester Avenue, said he thought the proposed development was in the wrong place.
He said: “I live on one of the streets nearby and I think it is just wrong.
“You have got the A59 corridor so they should keep all of the cars there, rather than having them going through the town.
“It seems stupid. I know people have to have new housing but I don’t understand why the developers have chosen that side of town.
“I am also worried about wildlife.”
Christine Johnston, from Buccleuch Avenue, said the town was already struggling to find school places for all of the children.
She said: “It is an absolute disgrace and I am 100 per cent opposed to the plans.
“I expect they won’t build any more schools and there are already not enough in Clitheroe.
“A small development may be ok but this is far too many on what is green belt land.”
Members of the Clitheroe Residents Action Group stood outside the St Mary’s Centre, in Church Street, where the exhibition was held to take a survey of what people thought of the proposals.
Diane Ffelan, from the group, said: “The response is very much negative, about 95 per cent of people are in opposition.
“We hope the developers will take this survey on board.
“They have a responsibility to consult with the public, but not to feed it back the results to the council, so the more evidence we have, the better.”
A spokesperson on behalf of the consortium said: "We are delighted that so many local people have taken the time to attend our public exhibition.
“All feedback received during the public consultation will be reviewed and used to help shape the final plans for Waddow View."