MP’s horror at Ribble Valley planning decision

Nigel Evans

Nigel Evans

First published in News

RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has said that he is ‘appalled’ after a plan to construct 504 homes in Barrow was passed by the planning inspectorate.

In a letter to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles MP, Mr Evans said that he ‘cannot fathom how such a decision has been made’.

The Barrow Lands Company Ltd submitted the application to Ribble Valley Borough Council in 2012 and was taken straight to appeal after running out of time to go in front of the planning committee.

The Barrow Community Action Group was formed to oppose the application relating to land at the south-west of Barrow and west of Whalley Road.

The decision comes after 43 homes were approved on the Hanson Garden Centre site in the village recently, but owners have said this is an ‘insurance policy’. A further 102 homes for the village was also recently passed.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has been told to pay costs after losing the appeal and is currently negotiating over the total sum.

In the letter, Mr Evans said: “I was appalled to read that this appeal has been allowed and that 504 homes will now be built on this land.

“I simply do not accept the findings of the department and cannot fathom how such a decision has been made.

“This is an application that I have spoken about personally with both you and the minister. It is opposed by the council, the residents and me, the local MP.

“I simply do not know what definition of localism we stand for if this application is to be an example of the status quo.”

A meeting will be held tonight at The Eagle At Barrow in Clitheroe Road from 8pm to discuss any further action.

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3:00pm Wed 26 Feb 14

shytalk says...

Don't worry Nigel everyone believes you did everything you could to prevent this planning application from going through.
Just don't hold your breath about being re elected though if you are not playing leapfrog with a lifer at the next election. Especially if a UKIP member makes his presence known.
Don't worry Nigel everyone believes you did everything you could to prevent this planning application from going through. Just don't hold your breath about being re elected though if you are not playing leapfrog with a lifer at the next election. Especially if a UKIP member makes his presence known. shytalk
  • Score: 12

3:13pm Wed 26 Feb 14

eastlancslad says...

'RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has said that he is ‘appalled’ after a plan to construct 504 homes in Barrow was passed by the planning inspectorate.'
What a load of tosh.
You are part of a government who are subjecting the whole of the country to this developers dream. And for what? Increase in the population. ****. Increase in immigration more like.
You tory MP's are doing more to line the pockets of the rich than you ever did - and thats from a lifelong tory voter. I'm disgusted with you all.
If anyone out there wants this rape of the green fields stopping, (and I include those useless chuffin' windmills & H2S), then vote UKIP next May. Voting for any of the usual suspects will only continue the hypocrisy of our MPs.
'RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has said that he is ‘appalled’ after a plan to construct 504 homes in Barrow was passed by the planning inspectorate.' What a load of tosh. You are part of a government who are subjecting the whole of the country to this developers dream. And for what? Increase in the population. ****. Increase in immigration more like. You tory MP's are doing more to line the pockets of the rich than you ever did - and thats from a lifelong tory voter. I'm disgusted with you all. If anyone out there wants this rape of the green fields stopping, (and I include those useless chuffin' windmills & H2S), then vote UKIP next May. Voting for any of the usual suspects will only continue the hypocrisy of our MPs. eastlancslad
  • Score: 13

3:35pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

I think we are all horrified Nigel, that after voting for your party, we have been shown total disregard and have no say what so ever on how we can shape our communities. It would appear that if you are rich, own land and live in London with friends in Tory Party elite, you can do whatever you want. All this talk of Localism was just smoke and mirrors, conjured up by David Cameron to fraudulently secure votes. I thought the days of 'greed is good' were long gone, but here they are again.

I guess supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, has been replaced with Supreme power comes from feeding the Tory party trough. My last vote has been cast in your direction and I hope others will follow suit.
I think we are all horrified Nigel, that after voting for your party, we have been shown total disregard and have no say what so ever on how we can shape our communities. It would appear that if you are rich, own land and live in London with friends in Tory Party elite, you can do whatever you want. All this talk of Localism was just smoke and mirrors, conjured up by David Cameron to fraudulently secure votes. I thought the days of 'greed is good' were long gone, but here they are again. I guess supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, has been replaced with Supreme power comes from feeding the Tory party trough. My last vote has been cast in your direction and I hope others will follow suit. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 12

5:31pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I have been a Tory voter since the days of Mrs T I have no complaints with Nigel as he has helped me a few times in the past. But come on anyone can see this is one big stitch up from start to finish the people with power could have stopped this but NO nothing, very disappointed at what you have all NOT done and yes my Tory Vote has gone bye bye
I have been a Tory voter since the days of Mrs T I have no complaints with Nigel as he has helped me a few times in the past. But come on anyone can see this is one big stitch up from start to finish the people with power could have stopped this but NO nothing, very disappointed at what you have all NOT done and yes my Tory Vote has gone bye bye Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 7

6:08pm Wed 26 Feb 14

shytalk says...

The only way people will believe what you say Nigel is if you resign on the back of what you say
The only way people will believe what you say Nigel is if you resign on the back of what you say shytalk
  • Score: 4

8:00pm Wed 26 Feb 14

liddle 'un says...

Did the plans include for any cottages?
Did the plans include for any cottages? liddle 'un
  • Score: 3

11:04am Thu 27 Feb 14

shytalk says...

liddle 'un wrote:
Did the plans include for any cottages?
Nigel Evans may soon be sharing a cottage with the only 22 stone man to have ridden a derby winner.
IE Lester Piggots ex cell mate.
[quote][p][bold]liddle 'un[/bold] wrote: Did the plans include for any cottages?[/p][/quote]Nigel Evans may soon be sharing a cottage with the only 22 stone man to have ridden a derby winner. IE Lester Piggots ex cell mate. shytalk
  • Score: 0

12:45am Mon 3 Mar 14

Kiwihead says...

shytalk wrote:
liddle 'un wrote: Did the plans include for any cottages?
Nigel Evans may soon be sharing a cottage with the only 22 stone man to have ridden a derby winner. IE Lester Piggots ex cell mate.
I expect nothing less.
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]liddle 'un[/bold] wrote: Did the plans include for any cottages?[/p][/quote]Nigel Evans may soon be sharing a cottage with the only 22 stone man to have ridden a derby winner. IE Lester Piggots ex cell mate.[/p][/quote]I expect nothing less. Kiwihead
  • Score: 0

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