Concerns grow over possible housing developments in Colne

CONCERNS are growing that an area of green land in Colne is being targeted for housing by developers.

Residents living near a patch of land known as the ‘Rough’, in the Lidgett area off Skipton Old Road, have reported ‘intense’ activity by surveyors and traffic consultants over the past two weeks.

The activity has sparked fears from councillors and campaign groups that an application for housing on the land, which is popular amongst locals for dog walking, rambling and recreation, could soon be submitted.

Owen Oliver, chairman of the Lidgett and Beyond community group, said: “We are very worried. We have received over 30 emails from members in the space of three days and we have held an emergency meeting.

“Of particular concern is that Pendle’s Local Development Framework (LDF) will not be adopted until at least next summer, leaving us vulnerable to stealthy developers.”

Town councillor Jim Kerrigan, who represents the Horsfield ward, said: “Pendle Council is in the last stages of putting together a Core Strategy for its Local Plan.

“It will then have to decide which land to allocate to housing and industry and which to leave as farmland.

“It would be a disgrace if landowners and developers try to pre-empt these democratic local decisions.”

Alison Birkinshaw, a local resident and former principal of Nelson and Colne College, said: “Lidgett & 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. 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 forever.

“The developer can appeal and appeal, but community groups like ours must win every single time on robust planning grounds and we have no right of appeal. The balance of power definitely lies with the developer, not the community that will be despoiled.”

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9:16pm Thu 12 Dec 13

M Foster says...

Nowhere is safe in this country as we flood it with high-birthrate immigrants urgently needing homes (while Indigenous British birthrates are falling) except for the vast tracts of land owned by the Duchys' of Cornwall and Lancaster. Good luck to the group in resisting any deterioration of their living environment for the benefit of an undeserving few. Let's hope it does not also get earmarked for fracking which is another big threat to the NW.
Nowhere is safe in this country as we flood it with high-birthrate immigrants urgently needing homes (while Indigenous British birthrates are falling) except for the vast tracts of land owned by the Duchys' of Cornwall and Lancaster. Good luck to the group in resisting any deterioration of their living environment for the benefit of an undeserving few. Let's hope it does not also get earmarked for fracking which is another big threat to the NW. M Foster

10:39am Fri 13 Dec 13

drunken donut says...

Vote UKIP.
Vote UKIP. drunken donut

12:29am Sun 15 Dec 13

retsofad says...

DON'T NEED TO BUILD NEW HOMES ON GREEN LAND IN PENDLE. We have enough EMPTY HOUSES to house an army. also the Council have given planning permission for housing on many brownfield sites such as Parkfield mill Brunswick St, Reedyford mill, Land at Crawford St, (what was Williams) all the lands where the council have demolished houses under the Elevate plan and that's just in Nelson. THIS BROWN FIELD LAND MUST BE BUILT ON BEFORE ANY GREEN FIELDS ARE COVERED IN CONCRETE AND TARMAC
DON'T NEED TO BUILD NEW HOMES ON GREEN LAND IN PENDLE. We have enough EMPTY HOUSES to house an army. also the Council have given planning permission for housing on many brownfield sites such as Parkfield mill Brunswick St, Reedyford mill, Land at Crawford St, (what was Williams) all the lands where the council have demolished houses under the Elevate plan and that's just in Nelson. THIS BROWN FIELD LAND MUST BE BUILT ON BEFORE ANY GREEN FIELDS ARE COVERED IN CONCRETE AND TARMAC retsofad

3:03pm Sun 15 Dec 13

M Foster says...

retsofad wrote:
DON'T NEED TO BUILD NEW HOMES ON GREEN LAND IN PENDLE. We have enough EMPTY HOUSES to house an army. also the Council have given planning permission for housing on many brownfield sites such as Parkfield mill Brunswick St, Reedyford mill, Land at Crawford St, (what was Williams) all the lands where the council have demolished houses under the Elevate plan and that's just in Nelson. THIS BROWN FIELD LAND MUST BE BUILT ON BEFORE ANY GREEN FIELDS ARE COVERED IN CONCRETE AND TARMAC
Fully agreed but we know it is more expensive (so we are told) to build on Brown land. Also, new buyers want to look out over nice green coutryside (whilst there is still any left) rather than the litter-filled and car-strewn streets of Nelson.
[quote][p][bold]retsofad[/bold] wrote: DON'T NEED TO BUILD NEW HOMES ON GREEN LAND IN PENDLE. We have enough EMPTY HOUSES to house an army. also the Council have given planning permission for housing on many brownfield sites such as Parkfield mill Brunswick St, Reedyford mill, Land at Crawford St, (what was Williams) all the lands where the council have demolished houses under the Elevate plan and that's just in Nelson. THIS BROWN FIELD LAND MUST BE BUILT ON BEFORE ANY GREEN FIELDS ARE COVERED IN CONCRETE AND TARMAC[/p][/quote]Fully agreed but we know it is more expensive (so we are told) to build on Brown land. Also, new buyers want to look out over nice green coutryside (whilst there is still any left) rather than the litter-filled and car-strewn streets of Nelson. M Foster

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