RESIDENTS are being consulted over plans to build 150 new homes in Clitheroe.

The Strategic Land Partnership is asking for views and comments regarding the proposed development, which would be on an area of land to the south side of Henthorn Road.

An action group has criticised the plans due to its location, opposite a recently approved site for 270 homes and a GP surgery.

In a letter sent to people living near the proposed development, a spokesman for NJL Consulting said 30 per cent of the development would be made available to those on low incomes as affordable housing.

He added that the site would contribute to maintaining a vibrant community and would help support the local economy, providing employment opportunities.

But Steve Rush, from Clitheroe Residents’ Action Group, said: “This proposal is directly opposite a 270 house development which was not wanted by the local community, so I fail to understand how the consultants can say this application for another 150 houses ‘will contribute to maintaining a vibrant community’.

“This proposal has arisen out of pure greed. If they want to do something for the good of Clitheroe abandon this plan.

“This proposal would increase Clitheroe's houses in the pipeline to 2,315.

“That is an extra 5,600 people and 3,600 cars descending on the town.

“There are no plans to produce the infrastructure to deal with this volume.

“Unfortunately Clitheroe will soon become an inner city without the infrastructure.”

Residents are being encouraged to make their views known by sending an email to or by writing to NJL Consulting LLP, Adamson House, Towers Business Park, Wilmslow Road, Manchester.

No-one from Strategic Land Partnership was available for comment.