Great Harwood playing fields could be sold to make way for 250 homes and new football club HQ

Hyndburn Council leader Miles Parkinson

Hyndburn Council leader Miles Parkinson

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

THE sale of the Lyndon House Playing Fields in Great Harwood could lead to a 200 plus property housing estate and a new home for the town’s largest remaining soccer club.

These are the hopes of Hyndburn Council leader Miles Parkinson as he recommends the council’s cabinet approve a cash and land swap deal when it meets on July 30.

Under the proposal Reilly Developments Ltd would buy the 7.6 acres of the playing fields to add to the 10 acres of adjacent land they already own to build between 200 and 250 houses.

They would pay the council a ‘substantial sum’ in addition to giving them land at Heymoor Farm off Whalley Road on the outskirts the town.

This would enable the borough to transfer Great Harwood Rovers Football Club’s lease from Lyndon House to the new site and allow the club to build new facilities on the site.

The Great Harwood Agricultural Show would then swap a meadow adjoining the Balfour Street playing fields for land owned by Reilly’s at Heymoor farm.

Several years ago they moved their annual event there to expand its size and scope.

The new site owned by Reilly’s would include the site of the former Monroe’s nightclub and the defunct Great Harwood Town Football Club.

In November 2008 plans for 49 homes there were refused by Hyndburn council planners.

Coun Parkinson said: “This is a good deal for all involved.

“The proposal will meet the aspirations of Great Harwood Rovers, who have a 25 year lease on the fields, to move to a new site and expand.

“It will assist the Great Harwood Agricultural Show Committee to own and control its own site allowing it to grow.

“The deal will enable Reilly’s to put together a parcel of land to build 200 to 250 much needed homes, including affordable properties, in the urban area of the town.

“In addition it will protect the green belt status of the land at Heymoor Farm.

“So it’s a good deal for everyone involved.”

Great Harwood Rover FC secretary Tony Jones: “We are pleased that this deal will allow us to bring a major improvement in facilities not just for the club but the town of Great Harwood.

“This will bring real benefit to a range of other organisations, not just sports clubs.”

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7:28pm Thu 24 Jul 14

mavrick says...

Just a reminder that the fields at lyndon house was council land already earmarked for housing. So housing on housing land at last. now all we need is the railway connected back to GT Harwood via the viaduct.
Just a reminder that the fields at lyndon house was council land already earmarked for housing. So housing on housing land at last. now all we need is the railway connected back to GT Harwood via the viaduct. mavrick
  • Score: -8

10:50pm Thu 24 Jul 14

woolywords says...

The thing is...is there any level land in Gt Harwood?
I don't think so..
The thing is...is there any level land in Gt Harwood? I don't think so.. woolywords
  • Score: -3

2:33am Fri 25 Jul 14

Pan-cake says...

I am sure everyone wishes GH Rovers well in their efforts to improve their facilities. However, I think the detail of this plan needs to be looked at before people take positions solely on the basis of an LT resume.
The Leaders family connections to local property developers and Councillors and the fact that four of our Councillors do not live in Great Harwood - two of which have little or no connection with the town - give a degree of concern when such far reaching decisions affecting large numbers of Great Harwood residents,- as compared to the original plan for this development, - are decided in Accrington.
I would be a lot happier if Ciaran was still a member the Cabinet.
I am sure everyone wishes GH Rovers well in their efforts to improve their facilities. However, I think the detail of this plan needs to be looked at before people take positions solely on the basis of an LT resume. The Leaders family connections to local property developers and Councillors and the fact that four of our Councillors do not live in Great Harwood - two of which have little or no connection with the town - give a degree of concern when such far reaching decisions affecting large numbers of Great Harwood residents,- as compared to the original plan for this development, - are decided in Accrington. I would be a lot happier if Ciaran was still a member the Cabinet. Pan-cake
  • Score: 12

5:35pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Jerzei Balowski says...

Dear oh dear, LT using the word "soccer" now. Coming soon, "aluminum" and "diaper".
Dear oh dear, LT using the word "soccer" now. Coming soon, "aluminum" and "diaper". Jerzei Balowski
  • Score: 5

12:56pm Sat 26 Jul 14

kafebrown says...

Confused as to why these homes are much needed....there are new houses in great harwood sat empty....Mill Gardens and the site of Northlands. Hope there is a full, fair consultation with the people of Great Harwood......
Confused as to why these homes are much needed....there are new houses in great harwood sat empty....Mill Gardens and the site of Northlands. Hope there is a full, fair consultation with the people of Great Harwood...... kafebrown
  • Score: 11

4:47pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Gardeners of the Bar says...

It is very sad that no comment whatsoever was made by councillors at the recent Gt Harwood open area council meeting! I do not object to new housing, if it is needed for local people? I look forward to full & open consultation with local residents, before any work commences?
Size of houses, width of roads, green spaces, current children's play facilities, sufficient room for recycling-bins? Or will it be another estate looking like a `car-park`?
It is very sad that no comment whatsoever was made by councillors at the recent Gt Harwood open area council meeting! I do not object to new housing, if it is needed for local people? I look forward to full & open consultation with local residents, before any work commences? Size of houses, width of roads, green spaces, current children's play facilities, sufficient room for recycling-bins? Or will it be another estate looking like a `car-park`? Gardeners of the Bar
  • Score: 8

8:03am Sun 27 Jul 14

Pan-cake says...

I guess there will be little objection from local councillors to their leaders plan. A plan which will be rubber stamped at Cabinet on the 30th. There will then be great pressure on the planning committee to pass the formal planning application when it is presented.
Great Harwood residents representatives will have little say as none of them are part of the Cabinet team - nor on the Planning committee. With the honourable exception of Cllr Aziz none of our councillors are are on any of the main committees - with the exception of the Leaders wife who sits on the Audit committee. Surely a conflict of interests when your husband is in charge of spending council taxpayers money.
I guess there will be little objection from local councillors to their leaders plan. A plan which will be rubber stamped at Cabinet on the 30th. There will then be great pressure on the planning committee to pass the formal planning application when it is presented. Great Harwood residents representatives will have little say as none of them are part of the Cabinet team - nor on the Planning committee. With the honourable exception of Cllr Aziz none of our councillors are are on any of the main committees - with the exception of the Leaders wife who sits on the Audit committee. Surely a conflict of interests when your husband is in charge of spending council taxpayers money. Pan-cake
  • Score: 5

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