Plan for 30 homes at historic Stonyhurst College building

Stonyhurst College

Stonyhurst College

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

THIRTY new houses could be built in a Ribble Valley village if planning permission is granted.

The application, which has been submitted by Stonyhurst College, would see new access on to Whalley Road, a new estate road and a replacement car park at St Joseph’s Primary School, at the Hurst Green site.

The proposed development has been welcomed by Janet Alcock, the ward councillor for Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley, who said she believed the development would be good for the area.

Coun Alcock said: “I think it is a good idea for the village, we do need some new development, but it is crucial they get it right from the point of view of parking and access from the main road.

“We have had one or two applications in the last couple of years which were completely unsuitable, but I think this is a good idea as there will be a mix of size and price of house. We suffer from the classic thing of kids who grow up in the village but cannot afford to live there.

“There are also young teachers who work at the college who will want these houses.”

But Steve Rush, chairman of the Clitheroe Residents’ Action Group, said he was disappointed that this was yet another application to hit the Ribble Valley.

He said: “Thirty does not sound very many, but for Hurst Green, it is a lot. Every single developer that has an interest in land is trying to get their application in now before the core strategy is agreed and it might get refused.”

John Cowdall, chairman at Stonyhurst, said: “Independent schools throughout the country are facing significant challenges in maintaining and upgrading both the facilities of their schools and the buildings in which the pupils and staff live and work.

“Stonyhurst is no exception to this, indeed because of the need to maintain and protect the architectural and historically important Grade I buildings, the costs of their upkeep and improvement is much higher than it would be if the schools operated from modern, and probably undistinguished, buildings.

“We are therefore constantly seeking to maximise our assets and increase our income.”

Fear over 'massive' scheme

A RESIDENTS’ association is gearing up to fight against a ‘potentially massive’ planning application in the Ribble Valley.

Residents are set to be consulted on a potential development at Henthorn Road, near Clitheroe, across the road from the Henthorn Road development, which was approved for 270 homes and a GP surgery in March.

The plans were originally refused by councillors, but later approved by the planning inspectorate.

A formal application has not yet been submitted to Ribble Valley Council for another development and it is not yet known how many homes could be built.

Ribble Valley Council confirmed it had been made aware of consultation planned by a housing developer but that no scheme had been submitted.

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8:25pm Wed 14 Nov 12

The Curator says...

Councillor Alcock
What absolute nonsense . This is about the college selling off a wedge of land for housing and making a nice pile of cash ,so please dont try to hoodwink the good people of the valley .
How many local kids and teachers will actually be purchasing these houses as you seem to suggest . Come on wake up and smell the coffee . If you want to be part of a plan to build low cost housing for locals ,fine ,brilliant ,but dont just roll up at meetings and talk about it , please make help to make it happen ,as we have heard it all before .
Thanks .
Councillor Alcock What absolute nonsense . This is about the college selling off a wedge of land for housing and making a nice pile of cash ,so please dont try to hoodwink the good people of the valley . How many local kids and teachers will actually be purchasing these houses as you seem to suggest . Come on wake up and smell the coffee . If you want to be part of a plan to build low cost housing for locals ,fine ,brilliant ,but dont just roll up at meetings and talk about it , please make help to make it happen ,as we have heard it all before . Thanks . The Curator
  • Score: 4

8:29pm Wed 14 Nov 12

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

Surprise - the first comment on here is from a Dribble Valley NIMBY, clearly worried that more house building will dampen house prices in his patch. Sad.
Surprise - the first comment on here is from a Dribble Valley NIMBY, clearly worried that more house building will dampen house prices in his patch. Sad. MerlinTheVoiceofReason2
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8:47pm Wed 14 Nov 12

MorningsideNancy says...

Hello....New housing is always welcome..however it should be in the style of existing homes and not in an area that hinders the natural countryside and its waterways & animal, bird, inhabitants..Being a American I am disgusted with "Urban Sprawl and tearing up farmland which is a enthusiastic hobby with greedy developers and irresponsible community officals and Bankers Stateside..some areas have buildings so ruined that they should be torn down and replaced with new efficient structures that are in keeping with tradition..afterall no one wants to see Glass and steel "boxes" along country vistas and lanes. However we do need farmers and ranchers !!!. I should think Great Britain has higher standards and regard for tradition as we also share this need for tradition in the North Eastern States.. ...Mrs. Nancy Hill,Long Pond,Pa.
Hello....New housing is always welcome..however it should be in the style of existing homes and not in an area that hinders the natural countryside and its waterways & animal, bird, inhabitants..Being a American I am disgusted with "Urban Sprawl and tearing up farmland which is a enthusiastic hobby with greedy developers and irresponsible community officals and Bankers Stateside..some areas have buildings so ruined that they should be torn down and replaced with new efficient structures that are in keeping with tradition..afterall no one wants to see Glass and steel "boxes" along country vistas and lanes. However we do need farmers and ranchers !!!. I should think Great Britain has higher standards and regard for tradition as we also share this need for tradition in the North Eastern States.. ...Mrs. Nancy Hill,Long Pond,Pa. MorningsideNancy
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9:57pm Wed 14 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

PROGRESS

Yes another house building development in the RV , I wonder what the NIMBYs are going to come up with this time as a excuse to progress.
It will be intresting to see.
That story gets a big :-) from me.
PROGRESS Yes another house building development in the RV , I wonder what the NIMBYs are going to come up with this time as a excuse to progress. It will be intresting to see. That story gets a big :-) from me. 2 for 5p
  • Score: 7

8:43am Thu 15 Nov 12

Noiticer says...

Stonyhurst's finances must be in trouble if they are putting forward schemes such as this. A lack of students in difficult times maybe?
Stonyhurst's finances must be in trouble if they are putting forward schemes such as this. A lack of students in difficult times maybe? Noiticer
  • Score: 2

10:00am Thu 15 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

THOUGHT:

I think I might start calling the Ribble valley , the new Skem.
That is what it has been earmarked as, I know I have insider info.
THOUGHT: I think I might start calling the Ribble valley , the new Skem. That is what it has been earmarked as, I know I have insider info. 2 for 5p
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11:21am Sat 17 Nov 12

buzzinfly says...

2 for 5p wrote:
THOUGHT:

I think I might start calling the Ribble valley , the new Skem.
That is what it has been earmarked as, I know I have insider info.
Another imbecilic comment from 2 for 5p.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: THOUGHT: I think I might start calling the Ribble valley , the new Skem. That is what it has been earmarked as, I know I have insider info.[/p][/quote]Another imbecilic comment from 2 for 5p. buzzinfly
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