Wild flower plan for Pendle roadside

Lancashire Telegraph: Wild flower plan for Pendle roadside Wild flower plan for Pendle roadside

LAND along one of the main roads out of Colne could become home to a swathe of wild flowers under proposals set to be considered by councillors.

The Webber family, of Craigmore, Keighley Road, have approached Pendle Council concerning around two hectares of land which currently forms part of Ball Grove Country Park.

Currently, the site in question is used as woodland under a 1992 agreement between the borough council and the Forestry Commission.

Under the Webbers’ proposals, the land would be maintained as a wildlife area and wild flower areas would be created facing Keighley Road.

Work would be undertaken alongside the authority’s conservation officer to ensure all works in the area could be agreed by all parties.

Environment officers have advised that ‘improvements’ may not be necessary as the area is already a wildlife area, and there would be a loss of public access.

The Valuation Office Agency has said that the council could reasonably expect receipts of around £25,000 per hectare.

Members of the Colne area committee will decide on the future of the land at a meeting on Thursday.

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