Land next to canal at Barnoldswick could be developed

Lancashire Telegraph: Allotments like this could be created alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Allotments like this could be created alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

A PATCH of land next to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Barnoldswick could be turned into houses, allotments and a woodland school.

The development of the former Bank House site, in Applegarth, would also see four canal moorings and a new footpath created.

Plans for the work, which include eight houses, have been submitted to Pendle Council.

A spokesman for planning agent Alison Roland Town Planners said: “The applicant has consulted Barnoldswick Town Council and it supports the scheme in principle.

“In addition, the residents of the houses in George Street have also been consulted and they are also in support of the proposals.

“Pendle Nursery supports the proposal and the application is accompanied by a letter of support, as well as a 120-signature petition from local residents in favour of the Forest School.”

In the application, the site is described as ‘derelict land’ and a ‘wasted resource’.

The nine allotments will be offered to Barnoldswick Town Council and the woodland school will be used by Pendle Nursery.

A 12-space car park could also be created on the site, for use by visitors to the allotments and canal users.

Alison Roland Town Planners said: “The site is strewn with litter and has been subject to illegal dumping.

“By any measure, in its present state, the contribution it makes to Barnoldswick is negligible.

“This is a well conceived application and successfully achieves a mixed use of the site, which will both contribute to the deficit in housing supply and benefit the local community.”

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