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Ribble Valley village could get 1,000 new homes
BARROW, in the Ribble Valley, could have an extra 1,000 houses by 2030, claim campaigners and residents.
It follows another application for 102 properties submitted to Ribble Valley Council.
The plans come in the wake of a proposal to build 62 homes on the site of Hanson’s Garden Centre in Whalley Road and 28 properties off Clitheroe Road.
A proposal for 504 homes went to appeal after being rejected by the borough council and the decision is set to be made public by the end of the year.
Under the most recent application, the 102 houses could be built off Middle Lodge Road and include 20 ‘affordable’ properties.
The council’s core strategy, which sets out how many houses can be built in the borough until 2028, is currently going through public consultation.
Housing campaigner Nick Walker said: “It’s just a complete joke, really, and there is no way of stopping it. There is no need for all of this housing and I just feel sorry for the current residents of Barrow who have not asked for this.
“There is very little that we can do to stop this, but I know that everyone will oppose these developments until the end.
“It will not take too many years until this small village, which only has around 400 houses, has an extra 1,000 on top of that.”
Barrow resident Sarah Parry, who is a member of the village’s housing action group, said: “I know people who have decided to move out of the village because of this hanging over the community.
“It’s ruining the area and the village and the whole of the Ribble Valley needs to come together to stand up to the developers.
“It’s so hard for us to stop developers but I know that everyone is not going to stop trying.”
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