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Plan for 1,000 homes in Ribble Valley lashed as 'stupid'
THE biggest planning application in the history of the Ribble Valley has been submitted to the council.
More than 1,000 new homes are proposed for the Standen estate, which would be situated between Clitheroe and the A59 bypass.
The proposal, which has been submitted by the Trustees of the Standen Estate, outlines plans for 728 market homes and 312 affordable homes, a total of 156 of which would be for people aged over 55.
Land would be reserved for retail, service and communities services, with further space being used for a new primary school.
The application, which comes as plans for 345 homes on land to the west of the town centre have also been submitted, has received criticism from residents, with Clitheroe Residents’ Action Group labelling it ‘a disgrace’.
Steve Crag, chairman of the group, said: “We were expecting this application but it is getting stupid now.
“When you look round the Ribble Valley, we are only a couple of hundred houses short of the 4,000 figure put forward in the core strategy and that is supposed to last until 2028.
“It makes 54 per cent of the core strategy which is grossly unfair.
“These are all issues that have been pointed out but the council chooses to ignore them and listen to developers and not local people.”
The council’s core strategy, which outlines how many new homes are to be built in the borough by 2028, is about to be submitted to the secretary of state for examination.
In a statement to the planning department, the applicant said: “The development would address identified housing need in the Ribble Valley by means of a sustainable urban extension.
“The reality is that to meet the minimum provision for housing, there are insufficient brownfield sites. Regardless of the emerging core strategy the residential development is needed to enable the council to meet its obligations to provide sufficient land for homes.”
The application is expected to come before a planning committee in the New Year and residents have until November 16 to make any comments.
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