Drumming up support to save ‘green lung’ in Colne

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: The land in Colne known as ‘The Rough’ The land in Colne known as ‘The Rough’

DEVELOPERS behind plans for a 270-house estate on a patch of land in Colne known as ‘The Rough’ will meet with residents next month.

The scheme will be shown to residents, at Colne Cricket Club, on Wed-nesday, February 5, from 4pm to 7pm, and then on Thursday, February 6, from 2pm to 4pm.

Campaign group Lidgett and Beyond, which includes former Hollies drummer and local resident Bobby Elliott as one of its members, is now calling on lovers of the green land to fight to save it.

Oliver Owen, chairman of Lidgett and Beyond, said: “We are very worr-ied.

“We held an emergency meeting with local councillors last week.

“Of particular concern is that Pendle’s Core Strategy and Land Alloc-ation will not be adopted until at least next summer, leaving us vulnerable to monstrous developments like this that are completely out of scale with our area.”

The area is popular among locals for dog walking, rambling and recr-eation, and is part of the informally-named ‘Green Lung of Colne’.

Before Christmas, wooden stakes were driven into the ground all over the site, which is currently farmed by a local farmer. The surveyors also laid down traffic monitors on both Skipton Old Road and Castle Road.

The land in question is a mixture, with protected status and ‘special settlement character’ designations and borders the green belt. Part of it lies within the Lidgett Conservation Area.

Favordale resident and former Nelson and Colne College principal Alison Birkinshaw said: “Lidgett and Beyond has a healthy membership, and a modest fighting fund, but it is clear we need to marshal our forces now.

“Anyone wanting to join should contact info@lidgettandbeyond.co.uk. It is free.

“What most people don’t realise is that developers throw huge sums of money to develop profitable green sites like this, and they only have to win once and the land is gone for-ever.”

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5:30pm Fri 24 Jan 14

It's a spade! says...

Have a bypass instead!
Have a bypass instead! It's a spade!

10:10pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Horsfield Cllr says...

As one of the Councillors with whom the group had an emergency meeting last Friday night I would just say that this area is within my ward. It is very beautiful and my own group has a history of many years of campaigning to prevent development on it. We know that this is going to be difficult and I encourage anyone who has a view about the application to go along to the Exhibition that is being held by the agents of the developers at Colne Cricket Club at the beginning of February. The views that you give are for the developer but I am going to ensure that I also have a comment book so that I will also have your views and will be able to speak up for you at the Area Committee.
As one of the Councillors with whom the group had an emergency meeting last Friday night I would just say that this area is within my ward. It is very beautiful and my own group has a history of many years of campaigning to prevent development on it. We know that this is going to be difficult and I encourage anyone who has a view about the application to go along to the Exhibition that is being held by the agents of the developers at Colne Cricket Club at the beginning of February. The views that you give are for the developer but I am going to ensure that I also have a comment book so that I will also have your views and will be able to speak up for you at the Area Committee. Horsfield Cllr

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