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Legal challenge to be launched against 1,040 planned new homes in Ribble Valley

Lancashire Telegraph: Coun Terry Hill Coun Terry Hill

A DECISION to approve the biggest planning application in the history of the Ribble Valley has become the subject of a legal challenge.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has expressed its ‘disappointment’ at the challenge to its decision, in December, to grant planning permission for 1,040 houses at Standen, Clitheroe, to applicants Standen Estate.

The council has vowed to ‘vigorously defend its position’ against any judicial review of the decision which has been brought by another housing company, Kendal-based New-close Properties Ltd.

The plan for Higher Standen Farm and Littlemoor Farm, in Clitheroe, also includes shops and a primary school.

The proposal was submitted to the borough council in October 2012 by the trustees of the Standen Estate, and includes 728 market homes, and 312 affordable homes.

There will also be space for two children’s play areas, and pedestrian and cycle routes.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “We are very disappointed to have received notification of Newclose Properties’ intention to seek a judicial review of our decision to grant planning permission for the development at Standen, Clitheroe.

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“The council will vigorously defend its position and strive to have the judicial review rejected in the initial stages.”

Coun Terry Hill, chairman of the borough council’s planning and development committee, said: “We are shocked and disappointed by this.

“We believe that we did everything right.

“We will see what happens during the legal process.

“It’s an ideal strategic site that was approved by committee after due consideration.”

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11:21am Tue 17 Jun 14

shytalk says...

What is the point of a legal challenge when these development companies and the planning authority can afford to buy the law and are backed by the government?
What is the point of a legal challenge when these development companies and the planning authority can afford to buy the law and are backed by the government? shytalk
  • Score: 18

11:52am Tue 17 Jun 14

Benpupdog says...

I haven't seen many homeless people in the Ribble Valley or in the surrounding areas so why do we need more houses. Is it to attract more immigrants to the area ???????
I haven't seen many homeless people in the Ribble Valley or in the surrounding areas so why do we need more houses. Is it to attract more immigrants to the area ??????? Benpupdog
  • Score: 11

2:46pm Tue 17 Jun 14

The Prodigal Son Returns says...

What joy it is for the residents of Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley. How lucky are we to have to have such a kind and clever council so that we may have so many new houses being and to be built in our lovely towns and villages. So many affordable homes earmarked too for our first time buyers. Houses of all sizes, in fact so many that already the developers are advertising outside the borough in Blackburn and Burnley, Rossendale and Pendle. Come to Clitheroe and you too can pay council tax to the RVBC so they may spend to defend their wise decisions to provide us with a massive over supply of houses whilst turning our green countryside into brick and tile spoiling it for the majority. Yes, come and share our grid locked roads, our bursting to the seams schools, ever increasing waiting lists for dentists and doctors and of course our lovely quaint little shops soon to be swamped by supermarkets galore eyeing this population explosion with keen anticipation. Idyllic flaming madness!!
What joy it is for the residents of Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley. How lucky are we to have to have such a kind and clever council so that we may have so many new houses being and to be built in our lovely towns and villages. So many affordable homes earmarked too for our first time buyers. Houses of all sizes, in fact so many that already the developers are advertising outside the borough in Blackburn and Burnley, Rossendale and Pendle. Come to Clitheroe and you too can pay council tax to the RVBC so they may spend to defend their wise decisions to provide us with a massive over supply of houses whilst turning our green countryside into brick and tile spoiling it for the majority. Yes, come and share our grid locked roads, our bursting to the seams schools, ever increasing waiting lists for dentists and doctors and of course our lovely quaint little shops soon to be swamped by supermarkets galore eyeing this population explosion with keen anticipation. Idyllic flaming madness!! The Prodigal Son Returns
  • Score: 14

6:27pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Steve Rush says...

RVBC may well be annoyed and upset at this judicial review but on the face of it Clitheroe Residents Action Group members will welcome Newclose Properties action. For the first time in a long time it feels as though someone is on the side of local residents.
There were over 70 outstanding major issues with the Standen application and it should never have been passed in the first place. Add to that over 2,000 signatures on a petition and hundreds of other objections it's fair to say Clitheroe residents were strongly against the decision to build an extra 1,040 houses this application will bring.
For too long RVBC have failed to listen to local residents and now at long last it sounds like somebody is.
Steve Rush
CRAG Chairman
RVBC may well be annoyed and upset at this judicial review but on the face of it Clitheroe Residents Action Group members will welcome Newclose Properties action. For the first time in a long time it feels as though someone is on the side of local residents. There were over 70 outstanding major issues with the Standen application and it should never have been passed in the first place. Add to that over 2,000 signatures on a petition and hundreds of other objections it's fair to say Clitheroe residents were strongly against the decision to build an extra 1,040 houses this application will bring. For too long RVBC have failed to listen to local residents and now at long last it sounds like somebody is. Steve Rush CRAG Chairman Steve Rush
  • Score: 8

7:29pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Clitheroe kid says...

They're bent as I've found out first hand
They're bent as I've found out first hand Clitheroe kid
  • Score: 3

8:21pm Tue 17 Jun 14

jenkinsroy says...

IS this the start of this government clawing in a vast amount?
Of money for the 2015 election?
I think it is?
They have told all the party members to come up with any scheme
To put funds in the pot for the election in 2015.
What they are trying to do is get more funds than the LABOUR PARTY
So they can spread more about when they go door to door.
They know LABOUR has a money problem now is this true?
Well I think it is but they have one thing up their sleeves and in
Time they will tell us all including the government.
So everyone be on your guard watch for council taxes going up
WE have one here where i live it is called the bin tax yes £25.00
Charge to empty our grass cutting this is one way our council
Are doing their bit for the government pot?
A Lot will not pay this money so I think they are planning some over tax to
Help the election pot for 2015 if I hear of anything new round.
Where I live I WILL let our residents know about it.
So has I said be vigilant keep an eye on your local M.P. as specially if?
He is a conservative party member or a lib dem party member.
Do not forget the two of them run this county now as part of a government
Packed.
IS this the start of this government clawing in a vast amount? Of money for the 2015 election? I think it is? They have told all the party members to come up with any scheme To put funds in the pot for the election in 2015. What they are trying to do is get more funds than the LABOUR PARTY So they can spread more about when they go door to door. They know LABOUR has a money problem now is this true? Well I think it is but they have one thing up their sleeves and in Time they will tell us all including the government. So everyone be on your guard watch for council taxes going up WE have one here where i live it is called the bin tax yes £25.00 Charge to empty our grass cutting this is one way our council Are doing their bit for the government pot? A Lot will not pay this money so I think they are planning some over tax to Help the election pot for 2015 if I hear of anything new round. Where I live I WILL let our residents know about it. So has I said be vigilant keep an eye on your local M.P. as specially if? He is a conservative party member or a lib dem party member. Do not forget the two of them run this county now as part of a government Packed. jenkinsroy
  • Score: 0

10:56pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Primus622 says...

The council won't have have a say if Camerons cronies say they will be built.....
The council won't have have a say if Camerons cronies say they will be built..... Primus622
  • Score: 1

5:25pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

This scheme need 'knocking on the head', as it was rushed through in an attempt to stop the Barrowlands Company's destruction of Barrow from going ahead, which thanks to Ribble Valley's useless planning dept and our superlatively ineffective 'chocolate fireguard' of an MP, it was overruled by the Planning Inspectorate. As there are now over 700 houses going into Barrow and 350 + into Whalley, it makes no sense to plonk a further 1000+ less than half a mile away from of these outrageous developments. Furthermore if you look at the third attempt by Colin Hirst, the head of regeneration, to submit a valid Core Strategy document, the supposed need for these houses is primarily based on a fairytale expansion of BAE Samlesbury, creating 6,000 new jobs, which all appear to be exclusive to RV residents. Moreover these are set against a falling order book for their Typhoon jet and the scaling down of their operations at Warton. If this scheme did come off, it would make no ecological sense to build any houses 12 miles from the site, as the correct location for a development would be around Mellor Brook and Osbaldeston.

It really is time to say enough is enough and to have a complete clear out of the buffoons in Church Walk. I also think that the Ribble Valley residents should think long and hard at the next general election, if an automatic vote for 'a pig with a blue rosette' is really the way forward. Eric Pickles and Nick Boles just love the fact that this is a safe seat, which means we just need to bend over and take what's coming to us, from their corporate building friends. After all 'greed is good and they are in it for the few'.
This scheme need 'knocking on the head', as it was rushed through in an attempt to stop the Barrowlands Company's destruction of Barrow from going ahead, which thanks to Ribble Valley's useless planning dept and our superlatively ineffective 'chocolate fireguard' of an MP, it was overruled by the Planning Inspectorate. As there are now over 700 houses going into Barrow and 350 + into Whalley, it makes no sense to plonk a further 1000+ less than half a mile away from of these outrageous developments. Furthermore if you look at the third attempt by Colin Hirst, the head of regeneration, to submit a valid Core Strategy document, the supposed need for these houses is primarily based on a fairytale expansion of BAE Samlesbury, creating 6,000 new jobs, which all appear to be exclusive to RV residents. Moreover these are set against a falling order book for their Typhoon jet and the scaling down of their operations at Warton. If this scheme did come off, it would make no ecological sense to build any houses 12 miles from the site, as the correct location for a development would be around Mellor Brook and Osbaldeston. It really is time to say enough is enough and to have a complete clear out of the buffoons in Church Walk. I also think that the Ribble Valley residents should think long and hard at the next general election, if an automatic vote for 'a pig with a blue rosette' is really the way forward. Eric Pickles and Nick Boles just love the fact that this is a safe seat, which means we just need to bend over and take what's coming to us, from their corporate building friends. After all 'greed is good and they are in it for the few'. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

dan8080 says...

Benpupdog wrote:
I haven't seen many homeless people in the Ribble Valley or in the surrounding areas so why do we need more houses. Is it to attract more immigrants to the area ???????
What a disgusting racist comment to make so only white British people can live in clitheroe you sum up everything that is wrong with clitheroe, snotty wannabe middle class pompous idiots
[quote][p][bold]Benpupdog[/bold] wrote: I haven't seen many homeless people in the Ribble Valley or in the surrounding areas so why do we need more houses. Is it to attract more immigrants to the area ???????[/p][/quote]What a disgusting racist comment to make so only white British people can live in clitheroe you sum up everything that is wrong with clitheroe, snotty wannabe middle class pompous idiots dan8080
  • Score: -2

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