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Clitheroe crime hotspot flats set for demolition
9:00pm Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
A BLOCK of flats in Clitheroe that have become a crime hotspot over the last 12 months are set to be demolished under plans submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council.
The four two-bedroom flats in Carlton Place, Littlemoor, and the surrounding area have been the scene of assaults, criminal damage, thefts and burglary since August 2012.
The block has also been the centre of 139 ‘nuisance’ incidents that were reported to the police over the same period.
Eight one-bedroom flats will be constructed on the site if the plans are approved by the borough council.
Rachel Emmett, architectural liaison officer for Lancashire police, said: “Developments such as this are often subjected to repeated crime and anti-social behaviour which is often difficult and costly to tackle.
“There is no detail in the application relating to the security or access control of the building.
“It is essential to consider these details within the design and ensure that the building will be secure and safe for the residents when completed.”
Ribble Valley Borough Councillr Jim Shervey, who represents the Littlemoor ward, said: “Any improvement to those flats should be celebrated because they have been in need of repair for some time.
“The block has had some issues over the past few years and improved security and living conditions will hopefully drive down crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.”
The flats are currently owned by Ribble Valley Housing.
A spokesman for Owen Ellis Architects, which has designed the replacement flats, said: “The current site fails to exploit the potential of the site and is considered uneconomic to refurbish.”
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