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Residents call for resignations over Barrow homes inspection

Lancashire Telegraph: Coun Stuart Hirst Coun Stuart Hirst

BARROW residents are calling for council chiefs to resign over a controversial housing development.

At a meeting on Wednesday residents called for council leader Stuart Hirst, planning committee chairman Terry Hill and chief planning officer John Macholc to step down.

Residents vowed to gather signatures for a petition across the Ribble Valley after accusing them of ‘failing the community’.

The 504-house plan was passed by the Planning Inspectorate last week.

The group will contact the councillors and officer and are seeking support from other community groups in the borough.

Meeting chairman Sarah Parry said: “Officials have completely failed the community. I don’t know how they sleep at night.

“The whole process has been a massive mismanagement. It’s time for new people to take over.

“We elected Coun Hirst and Coun Hill to represent us and fight for us but they have failed in their job.”

David Birtwistle was one of 18 residents at the meeting. He said: “The difference between Clitheroe and Barrow after all the houses are built that already have planning permission will be a matter of a few hundred yards.

“It’s an unacceptable situation for us, thousands of people will be affected by this.”

Coun Hirst said: “I am bitterly disappointed with the inspector’s conclusions and have every sympathy with the residents.

“That view is, I know, shared by elected members, the planning chair Coun Hill and our MP Nigel Evans who has written to the secretary of state in the strongest terms seeking an early meeting.

“Often the council finds itself in an impossible situation which is not of its making.

“The planning committee will be meeting soon to consider the full implications of this highly regrettable decision.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council chief executive Marshal Scott said: “It is disappointing that there seems to be a campaign to blame the council for the planning inspector's decision. While I understand the anger of residents it is very disappointing to see calls for the resignation of officers and councillors, who seem increasingly only able to play a minor role in local planning decisions.”

Coun Hill said he shared the ‘bitter disappointment’ with Coun Hirst about the decision.

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4:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

The situation cannot go on, Colin Hirst, the Head of Regeneration is the main culprit. His single handed failing to construct a decent core strategy, is the reason our countryside is being raped by money hungry developers. Furthermore, incompetence on the behalf of John Macholc's department, in allowing two applications to go to non determination, by the same developer, on the same site, has cost the council tax payers a fortune. As a result Hugh Geddes, the London based multimillionaire behind the Barrow Land's devastation, is about to make the equivalent of a quadruple Euromillions' jackpot win, when he sells the land and soul of Barrow. To 'rub salt in the wound', we the council tax payers have the privilege of paying for his legal costs, which run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Moreover the costs are amplified by the fact that two independent inquiries were held instead of one. If I was either of the two officials named above, I would change my deed pole and emigrate to a foreign country, to hide my shame.

In the airline industry, any captain that has a crash in his logbook through negligence, is instantly shown the door. So why do we allow these people to continue at the controls of our borough, when everywhere you look, you see the twisted wreckage of their previous misdemeanors ?
The situation cannot go on, Colin Hirst, the Head of Regeneration is the main culprit. His single handed failing to construct a decent core strategy, is the reason our countryside is being raped by money hungry developers. Furthermore, incompetence on the behalf of John Macholc's department, in allowing two applications to go to non determination, by the same developer, on the same site, has cost the council tax payers a fortune. As a result Hugh Geddes, the London based multimillionaire behind the Barrow Land's devastation, is about to make the equivalent of a quadruple Euromillions' jackpot win, when he sells the land and soul of Barrow. To 'rub salt in the wound', we the council tax payers have the privilege of paying for his legal costs, which run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Moreover the costs are amplified by the fact that two independent inquiries were held instead of one. If I was either of the two officials named above, I would change my deed pole and emigrate to a foreign country, to hide my shame. In the airline industry, any captain that has a crash in his logbook through negligence, is instantly shown the door. So why do we allow these people to continue at the controls of our borough, when everywhere you look, you see the twisted wreckage of their previous misdemeanors ? Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 10

7:13pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

Birtrumthegreat wrote:
The situation cannot go on, Colin Hirst, the Head of Regeneration is the main culprit. His single handed failing to construct a decent core strategy, is the reason our countryside is being raped by money hungry developers. Furthermore, incompetence on the behalf of John Macholc's department, in allowing two applications to go to non determination, by the same developer, on the same site, has cost the council tax payers a fortune. As a result Hugh Geddes, the London based multimillionaire behind the Barrow Land's devastation, is about to make the equivalent of a quadruple Euromillions' jackpot win, when he sells the land and soul of Barrow. To 'rub salt in the wound', we the council tax payers have the privilege of paying for his legal costs, which run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Moreover the costs are amplified by the fact that two independent inquiries were held instead of one. If I was either of the two officials named above, I would change my deed pole and emigrate to a foreign country, to hide my shame.

In the airline industry, any captain that has a crash in his logbook through negligence, is instantly shown the door. So why do we allow these people to continue at the controls of our borough, when everywhere you look, you see the twisted wreckage of their previous misdemeanors ?
'That should have read 'change my name' by deed pole'. I need to learn to proof read before hitting send.
[quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: The situation cannot go on, Colin Hirst, the Head of Regeneration is the main culprit. His single handed failing to construct a decent core strategy, is the reason our countryside is being raped by money hungry developers. Furthermore, incompetence on the behalf of John Macholc's department, in allowing two applications to go to non determination, by the same developer, on the same site, has cost the council tax payers a fortune. As a result Hugh Geddes, the London based multimillionaire behind the Barrow Land's devastation, is about to make the equivalent of a quadruple Euromillions' jackpot win, when he sells the land and soul of Barrow. To 'rub salt in the wound', we the council tax payers have the privilege of paying for his legal costs, which run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Moreover the costs are amplified by the fact that two independent inquiries were held instead of one. If I was either of the two officials named above, I would change my deed pole and emigrate to a foreign country, to hide my shame. In the airline industry, any captain that has a crash in his logbook through negligence, is instantly shown the door. So why do we allow these people to continue at the controls of our borough, when everywhere you look, you see the twisted wreckage of their previous misdemeanors ?[/p][/quote]'That should have read 'change my name' by deed pole'. I need to learn to proof read before hitting send. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 0

8:51pm Fri 28 Feb 14

shytalk says...

Birtrumthegreat wrote:
The situation cannot go on, Colin Hirst, the Head of Regeneration is the main culprit. His single handed failing to construct a decent core strategy, is the reason our countryside is being raped by money hungry developers. Furthermore, incompetence on the behalf of John Macholc's department, in allowing two applications to go to non determination, by the same developer, on the same site, has cost the council tax payers a fortune. As a result Hugh Geddes, the London based multimillionaire behind the Barrow Land's devastation, is about to make the equivalent of a quadruple Euromillions' jackpot win, when he sells the land and soul of Barrow. To 'rub salt in the wound', we the council tax payers have the privilege of paying for his legal costs, which run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Moreover the costs are amplified by the fact that two independent inquiries were held instead of one. If I was either of the two officials named above, I would change my deed pole and emigrate to a foreign country, to hide my shame.

In the airline industry, any captain that has a crash in his logbook through negligence, is instantly shown the door. So why do we allow these people to continue at the controls of our borough, when everywhere you look, you see the twisted wreckage of their previous misdemeanors ?
A signature on a petition will solve nothing. An X on a voting slip might, but given that there are idiots in the area who will vote for a pig if it wears a blue rosette ,even if wipes a 100k of the value of their homes and they find their kids attending a madrassa instead of a school then don't hold your breath.
That said it's a bit late now for the people of Barrow and Whalley to do anything , having been led down the gay garden path by the local MP who doesn't really represent their interests.
All they can really do is to put their houses on the market, move out and create a bit of competition for the developers.
There are still some nice places left in the north of England in which to live, that are not urban conurbations and whose planning authorities have still got common sense.
[quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: The situation cannot go on, Colin Hirst, the Head of Regeneration is the main culprit. His single handed failing to construct a decent core strategy, is the reason our countryside is being raped by money hungry developers. Furthermore, incompetence on the behalf of John Macholc's department, in allowing two applications to go to non determination, by the same developer, on the same site, has cost the council tax payers a fortune. As a result Hugh Geddes, the London based multimillionaire behind the Barrow Land's devastation, is about to make the equivalent of a quadruple Euromillions' jackpot win, when he sells the land and soul of Barrow. To 'rub salt in the wound', we the council tax payers have the privilege of paying for his legal costs, which run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Moreover the costs are amplified by the fact that two independent inquiries were held instead of one. If I was either of the two officials named above, I would change my deed pole and emigrate to a foreign country, to hide my shame. In the airline industry, any captain that has a crash in his logbook through negligence, is instantly shown the door. So why do we allow these people to continue at the controls of our borough, when everywhere you look, you see the twisted wreckage of their previous misdemeanors ?[/p][/quote]A signature on a petition will solve nothing. An X on a voting slip might, but given that there are idiots in the area who will vote for a pig if it wears a blue rosette ,even if wipes a 100k of the value of their homes and they find their kids attending a madrassa instead of a school then don't hold your breath. That said it's a bit late now for the people of Barrow and Whalley to do anything , having been led down the gay garden path by the local MP who doesn't really represent their interests. All they can really do is to put their houses on the market, move out and create a bit of competition for the developers. There are still some nice places left in the north of England in which to live, that are not urban conurbations and whose planning authorities have still got common sense. shytalk
  • Score: 4

9:05pm Fri 28 Feb 14

shytalk says...

Marshal Scott said: “It is disappointing that there seems to be a campaign to blame the council for the planning inspector's decision.
It's no excuse.
Marshal Scott said: “It is disappointing that there seems to be a campaign to blame the council for the planning inspector's decision. It's no excuse. shytalk
  • Score: 3

7:56am Sat 1 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

shytalk wrote:
Birtrumthegreat wrote:
The situation cannot go on, Colin Hirst, the Head of Regeneration is the main culprit. His single handed failing to construct a decent core strategy, is the reason our countryside is being raped by money hungry developers. Furthermore, incompetence on the behalf of John Macholc's department, in allowing two applications to go to non determination, by the same developer, on the same site, has cost the council tax payers a fortune. As a result Hugh Geddes, the London based multimillionaire behind the Barrow Land's devastation, is about to make the equivalent of a quadruple Euromillions' jackpot win, when he sells the land and soul of Barrow. To 'rub salt in the wound', we the council tax payers have the privilege of paying for his legal costs, which run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Moreover the costs are amplified by the fact that two independent inquiries were held instead of one. If I was either of the two officials named above, I would change my deed pole and emigrate to a foreign country, to hide my shame.

In the airline industry, any captain that has a crash in his logbook through negligence, is instantly shown the door. So why do we allow these people to continue at the controls of our borough, when everywhere you look, you see the twisted wreckage of their previous misdemeanors ?
A signature on a petition will solve nothing. An X on a voting slip might, but given that there are idiots in the area who will vote for a pig if it wears a blue rosette ,even if wipes a 100k of the value of their homes and they find their kids attending a madrassa instead of a school then don't hold your breath.
That said it's a bit late now for the people of Barrow and Whalley to do anything , having been led down the gay garden path by the local MP who doesn't really represent their interests.
All they can really do is to put their houses on the market, move out and create a bit of competition for the developers.
There are still some nice places left in the north of England in which to live, that are not urban conurbations and whose planning authorities have still got common sense.
:-) if it's okay for you to live in the Ribble Valley , why be so bitter about other people moving to live there as well. :-)
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: The situation cannot go on, Colin Hirst, the Head of Regeneration is the main culprit. His single handed failing to construct a decent core strategy, is the reason our countryside is being raped by money hungry developers. Furthermore, incompetence on the behalf of John Macholc's department, in allowing two applications to go to non determination, by the same developer, on the same site, has cost the council tax payers a fortune. As a result Hugh Geddes, the London based multimillionaire behind the Barrow Land's devastation, is about to make the equivalent of a quadruple Euromillions' jackpot win, when he sells the land and soul of Barrow. To 'rub salt in the wound', we the council tax payers have the privilege of paying for his legal costs, which run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Moreover the costs are amplified by the fact that two independent inquiries were held instead of one. If I was either of the two officials named above, I would change my deed pole and emigrate to a foreign country, to hide my shame. In the airline industry, any captain that has a crash in his logbook through negligence, is instantly shown the door. So why do we allow these people to continue at the controls of our borough, when everywhere you look, you see the twisted wreckage of their previous misdemeanors ?[/p][/quote]A signature on a petition will solve nothing. An X on a voting slip might, but given that there are idiots in the area who will vote for a pig if it wears a blue rosette ,even if wipes a 100k of the value of their homes and they find their kids attending a madrassa instead of a school then don't hold your breath. That said it's a bit late now for the people of Barrow and Whalley to do anything , having been led down the gay garden path by the local MP who doesn't really represent their interests. All they can really do is to put their houses on the market, move out and create a bit of competition for the developers. There are still some nice places left in the north of England in which to live, that are not urban conurbations and whose planning authorities have still got common sense.[/p][/quote]:-) if it's okay for you to live in the Ribble Valley , why be so bitter about other people moving to live there as well. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -6

9:25am Sat 1 Mar 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
shytalk wrote:
Birtrumthegreat wrote:
The situation cannot go on, Colin Hirst, the Head of Regeneration is the main culprit. His single handed failing to construct a decent core strategy, is the reason our countryside is being raped by money hungry developers. Furthermore, incompetence on the behalf of John Macholc's department, in allowing two applications to go to non determination, by the same developer, on the same site, has cost the council tax payers a fortune. As a result Hugh Geddes, the London based multimillionaire behind the Barrow Land's devastation, is about to make the equivalent of a quadruple Euromillions' jackpot win, when he sells the land and soul of Barrow. To 'rub salt in the wound', we the council tax payers have the privilege of paying for his legal costs, which run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Moreover the costs are amplified by the fact that two independent inquiries were held instead of one. If I was either of the two officials named above, I would change my deed pole and emigrate to a foreign country, to hide my shame.

In the airline industry, any captain that has a crash in his logbook through negligence, is instantly shown the door. So why do we allow these people to continue at the controls of our borough, when everywhere you look, you see the twisted wreckage of their previous misdemeanors ?
A signature on a petition will solve nothing. An X on a voting slip might, but given that there are idiots in the area who will vote for a pig if it wears a blue rosette ,even if wipes a 100k of the value of their homes and they find their kids attending a madrassa instead of a school then don't hold your breath.
That said it's a bit late now for the people of Barrow and Whalley to do anything , having been led down the gay garden path by the local MP who doesn't really represent their interests.
All they can really do is to put their houses on the market, move out and create a bit of competition for the developers.
There are still some nice places left in the north of England in which to live, that are not urban conurbations and whose planning authorities have still got common sense.
:-) if it's okay for you to live in the Ribble Valley , why be so bitter about other people moving to live there as well. :-)
It's not a matter of people moving here, it's building the houses in the correct locations. There are a couple of brown field sites in Barrow that are better suited , but instead the green countryside, including a small woodland where deer live, is being demolished. I know you'll pipe on about Nimbyism, but you are far from the truth. As the government has stated the Ribble Valley must take 5,000 homes, then a structured, non destructive approach should have been taken, spreading them evenly throughout the borough. Instead, through incompetence by not coming up with a valid plan, there are 1,870 houses going into a 1.5 mile stretch from Whalley to Clitheroe, with remaining three or so fields now applying for planning permission too.

Historically the A59 was designed as a 'Bypass' and as the name suggests, it was designed to relieve traffic from Whalley and Barrow, which was clogging up in the 1970s. Hence just because a bunch of landowners, who mostly lives outside of the region, want to get rich quick, we all have to live with the consequences.

To give you and example of the scale of destruction, Barrow had 304 dwellings in 2010, it has now been given the green light to have 1047 houses, with some more in the pipeline taking the total to 1102. If the Core Strategy ever gets approved, it can grow by a further 45%, due to its proximity to a petrol station and McDonalds, that will take it to just short of 1,600 houses. Looking back at the 2010 figures, then Barrow will have taken 26% of the total housing requirement of the whole of the Ribble Valley.

Should heads roll ? you bet they should.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: The situation cannot go on, Colin Hirst, the Head of Regeneration is the main culprit. His single handed failing to construct a decent core strategy, is the reason our countryside is being raped by money hungry developers. Furthermore, incompetence on the behalf of John Macholc's department, in allowing two applications to go to non determination, by the same developer, on the same site, has cost the council tax payers a fortune. As a result Hugh Geddes, the London based multimillionaire behind the Barrow Land's devastation, is about to make the equivalent of a quadruple Euromillions' jackpot win, when he sells the land and soul of Barrow. To 'rub salt in the wound', we the council tax payers have the privilege of paying for his legal costs, which run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Moreover the costs are amplified by the fact that two independent inquiries were held instead of one. If I was either of the two officials named above, I would change my deed pole and emigrate to a foreign country, to hide my shame. In the airline industry, any captain that has a crash in his logbook through negligence, is instantly shown the door. So why do we allow these people to continue at the controls of our borough, when everywhere you look, you see the twisted wreckage of their previous misdemeanors ?[/p][/quote]A signature on a petition will solve nothing. An X on a voting slip might, but given that there are idiots in the area who will vote for a pig if it wears a blue rosette ,even if wipes a 100k of the value of their homes and they find their kids attending a madrassa instead of a school then don't hold your breath. That said it's a bit late now for the people of Barrow and Whalley to do anything , having been led down the gay garden path by the local MP who doesn't really represent their interests. All they can really do is to put their houses on the market, move out and create a bit of competition for the developers. There are still some nice places left in the north of England in which to live, that are not urban conurbations and whose planning authorities have still got common sense.[/p][/quote]:-) if it's okay for you to live in the Ribble Valley , why be so bitter about other people moving to live there as well. :-)[/p][/quote]It's not a matter of people moving here, it's building the houses in the correct locations. There are a couple of brown field sites in Barrow that are better suited , but instead the green countryside, including a small woodland where deer live, is being demolished. I know you'll pipe on about Nimbyism, but you are far from the truth. As the government has stated the Ribble Valley must take 5,000 homes, then a structured, non destructive approach should have been taken, spreading them evenly throughout the borough. Instead, through incompetence by not coming up with a valid plan, there are 1,870 houses going into a 1.5 mile stretch from Whalley to Clitheroe, with remaining three or so fields now applying for planning permission too. Historically the A59 was designed as a 'Bypass' and as the name suggests, it was designed to relieve traffic from Whalley and Barrow, which was clogging up in the 1970s. Hence just because a bunch of landowners, who mostly lives outside of the region, want to get rich quick, we all have to live with the consequences. To give you and example of the scale of destruction, Barrow had 304 dwellings in 2010, it has now been given the green light to have 1047 houses, with some more in the pipeline taking the total to 1102. If the Core Strategy ever gets approved, it can grow by a further 45%, due to its proximity to a petrol station and McDonalds, that will take it to just short of 1,600 houses. Looking back at the 2010 figures, then Barrow will have taken 26% of the total housing requirement of the whole of the Ribble Valley. Should heads roll ? you bet they should. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 7

3:29pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Steve Rush says...

We must remember these 504 houses were granted permission because RVBC's housing policy is out of date and our Core Strategy fails to protect the borough because it has not been adopted. RVBC has had 6 years to prepare a valid local housing plan but this has been rejected twice by the inspector. Of course the government has written the NPPF as a developers charter which makes rejecting housing applications difficult for local councils across the UK. But the protection is the Core Strategy and the responsibility of local councils. Failure to provide one after 6 years is incompetent and unacceptable.
We must remember these 504 houses were granted permission because RVBC's housing policy is out of date and our Core Strategy fails to protect the borough because it has not been adopted. RVBC has had 6 years to prepare a valid local housing plan but this has been rejected twice by the inspector. Of course the government has written the NPPF as a developers charter which makes rejecting housing applications difficult for local councils across the UK. But the protection is the Core Strategy and the responsibility of local councils. Failure to provide one after 6 years is incompetent and unacceptable. Steve Rush
  • Score: 9

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