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Strategy plans await views for new Pendle developments

PENDLE residents are being asked to comment on the Core Strategy – the document that will be used to guide decisions on proposals for new developments in the borough.

Residents have six weeks from today to make their views known.

Coun Tony Greaves, Pendle Council’s executive member for planning, said: “The council has updated much of the evidence for the document, including the land it would need to meet the housing and employment needs on the basis of the government’s policies.

“Two strategic sites have been identified for the council to be able to meet these needs and we want to hear people’s views on these proposals.”

You can view the document and make written comments at Nelson’s Number One Market Street and Nelson, Colne and Barnoldswick libraries.

Alternatively, you can view it and make comments on Pendle Council’s website at www.pendle.gov.uk/ corestrategy.

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11:11pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Pendlesider says...

I often wonder what criteria dictates the 'need' for new housing developments? . usually it's employment to house those employed but this doesn't seem to be the case in many areas of Pendle, and moreso Burnley.
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Only today I ventured past the old Dorma site on Casterton Avenue in Burnley to find dozens of houses being built on the land of one of the larger employers of Burnley .
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over 2,300 Burnley residents did an exodus in 2011/12 and employment declined yet construction of new housing increased by 15% ?
So why are developers building more houses?
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average house price in England (Jan 2014) £174,000
average wages in Pendle: £300 week
Average price of Terrace house in Pendle: £76,021
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baffling!
I often wonder what criteria dictates the 'need' for new housing developments? . usually it's employment to house those employed but this doesn't seem to be the case in many areas of Pendle, and moreso Burnley. . Only today I ventured past the old Dorma site on Casterton Avenue in Burnley to find dozens of houses being built on the land of one of the larger employers of Burnley . . over 2,300 Burnley residents did an exodus in 2011/12 and employment declined yet construction of new housing increased by 15% ? So why are developers building more houses? . average house price in England (Jan 2014) £174,000 average wages in Pendle: £300 week Average price of Terrace house in Pendle: £76,021 . baffling! Pendlesider
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5:23pm Sun 12 Jan 14

tonygreaves says...

So do we all. Six or seven years ago the Government was telling Pendle Council it was not allowed to give planning permission for any new housing in the area - the so-called Moratorium. This was nonsense and only started to change when I got a response to a question to a government minister in the House of Lords.

Then the Labour Government changed its tack and laid down an unrealistically large number of houses that Pendle had to find land for. The present government has continued this policy but more so.

It is now all based on projections (that the Councils - Burnley and Pendle - have had to employ expensive consultants to produce) based on government rules and forecast population changes, all worked out in complicated ways that few people will want to spend time and effort understanding.

The outcome is a prohected "need" for new housing that none of us believe is in any way realistic. But it will allow landowners and developers to get planning permission on a "pick and choose" basis on the land they want (green fields etc) and not the land which sensible planning would suggest.

But if the Council does not get its Core Strategy approved following an Inspection and public hearings, it will be open season for developers to apply for planning permission almost anywhere.

It is, frankly, a nightmare.

Tony Greaves
So do we all. Six or seven years ago the Government was telling Pendle Council it was not allowed to give planning permission for any new housing in the area - the so-called Moratorium. This was nonsense and only started to change when I got a response to a question to a government minister in the House of Lords. Then the Labour Government changed its tack and laid down an unrealistically large number of houses that Pendle had to find land for. The present government has continued this policy but more so. It is now all based on projections (that the Councils - Burnley and Pendle - have had to employ expensive consultants to produce) based on government rules and forecast population changes, all worked out in complicated ways that few people will want to spend time and effort understanding. The outcome is a prohected "need" for new housing that none of us believe is in any way realistic. But it will allow landowners and developers to get planning permission on a "pick and choose" basis on the land they want (green fields etc) and not the land which sensible planning would suggest. But if the Council does not get its Core Strategy approved following an Inspection and public hearings, it will be open season for developers to apply for planning permission almost anywhere. It is, frankly, a nightmare. Tony Greaves tonygreaves
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