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'Horror' at plans for 62 new homes at Barrow garden centre site
RESIDENTS have reacted with ‘horror’ after plans to build 62 properties on the site of a Barrow garden centre were submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council.
The plans were sent in by proprietor Chris Hanson, of Hansons Garden Centre in Whalley Road, two months after a public consultation on the proposals.
I D Planning of Leeds, who are acting as agents for Mr Hanson, who did not want to comment, have said that following the public consultations, the development would be set back by 15 metres from the west boundary because of concerns about the houses being too close to Clitheroe Golf Course.
Included in the plans are 34 houses with three bedrooms, 15 properties with two bedrooms and 13 houses with four bedrooms.
Rachael Bower, 40, from Clitheroe, said: “I find the garden centre very useful to have in the borough because it saves a long trip to Blackburn in order for you to get something for a weekend project.
“I understand that people might not go every week but without it I think people will notice a difference.”
Mark Gavin, 56, from Whalley, said: “From a business point of view it must make sense but having 62 more houses in Barrow will be terrible for the village.
“It has the prospect of more than 500 already hanging over it and this will just add even more pressure on the local infrastructure.”
Helen Carrow, 47, from Whalley, said: “The traffic along Clitheroe Road and Whalley Road will be horrendous and will offer no benefit to the area.
“It’s sad that a local business is not able to carry on but more housing is not in the best interests of the Ribble Valley.”
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