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Barrow could double in size after council drops opposition
A VILLAGE will almost double in size after council bosses decided not to contest plans to build 190 homes.
Ribble Valley Borough Council will not oppose the Whalley Road development in Barrow, due to be fought at an appeal in early November.
It follows a decision by Lancashire County Council’s highways department to withdraw its concerns over the impact of increased traffic connected to the Barrow Lands Company Ltd project.
The county council changed its stance following the approval of the 260 homes at the ‘Lawsonsteads’ site in neighbouring Whalley which includes a link road.
Nick Walker, chairman of the Save Whalley Village Action Group said: “This is bad for Barrow, bad for Whalley and bad for the valley.
“The link road to the A671 will just be turned into a rat run and Whalley is going to take the brunt of a significant amount of extra traffic.
“The accumulative affect of all these new housing developments is not being considered and this news is disastrous for Barrow.”
Earlier this month, residents in Barrow warned that the number of new houses in the village could rise to 1,000 if all existing applications were passed.
An appeal for 504 homes is set to report in December and applications for 62 homes at Hanson’s Garden Centre in Whalley Road, 102 properties off Middle Lodge Road and 28 properties off Clitheroe Road have all been submitted recently.
Terry Hill, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee, said: “After discussions with the developer, the highways (department) modified their position and have left us without a credible case.
“Since the application was first submitted circumstances have changed and the council has taken this decision because it would be irresponsible.
“The approval of the Lawsonsteads site in July is a direct link to why we have had to take this decision.”
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