Protestors fear new homes will spoil view of Whalley arches

Protestors in Whalley

Protestors in Whalley

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

DEMONSTRATORS gathered in a Whalley field to protest against a controversial planning application.

Around 100 villagers with posters and placards met at the site, in Mitton Road, to express their anger about the proposals for 116 new homes.

The plans were submitted to Ribble Valley Council by David Wilson Homes in July, but have not yet come before the planning committee.

Mike Harper, vice chair of the Save Whalley Village Action Group, said the main reason people objected was because of how the development would destroy the view of the village’s arches.

He said: “What we are trying to do is highlight the issues that Whalley and the Ribble Valley are facing.

“Whalley has been deluged with planning applications and this is just the latest one.

“The view that we have got along here is one of the iconic views of Whalley and you would not be able to see the arches from the road if this development was built.

“It is also right next to the conservation area and it would really ruin the character of the area.”

Bern Hardman, of Limefield Avenue, joined the demonstration as he was particularly worried about the effect the plans would have on traffic. He said: “The problem is that all the traffic will have to go through Whalley, it is going to be all around us.

“The whole village will just get sucked in and it will become like one small town.

“It will not help businesses because the traffic will stop people calling in, they will just try to avoid it.”

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans met up with the protestors to show his support. He said: “I think we have already said yes to enough houses. There is a highways issue, with the road coming out on to what is a blind spot – it is an accident waiting to happen.

“There are some sites that simply don’t lend themselves to development and this is one of them.

“I am part of the struggle, I am part of the fight and I don’t want to see any more houses in Whalley.

“I just hope that the local authority looks very carefully at the application and supports the local residents.”

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5:39pm Mon 26 Nov 12

brossen99 says...

If these houses went ahead there would be a pretty good case to get the developer to build a new bridge across the Calder and connect into Mitton road where a new Blackburn only facing junction onto the A59 by-pass could be constructed, ambulances already had access at that point ?
If these houses went ahead there would be a pretty good case to get the developer to build a new bridge across the Calder and connect into Mitton road where a new Blackburn only facing junction onto the A59 by-pass could be constructed, ambulances already had access at that point ? brossen99
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6:29pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Steve Rush says...

Pleased Nigel Evans was involved but he needs to understand the planning system. Its no good him blaming the local authority if this application is passed. As he well knows if RVBC turn down the application the developer will appeal, win and the houses will be built. Mr Evans needs to lobby for changes within the system so local people are able to decide the future of their area. It is not fair of him to make all the right noises when he is required to do so but then not do anything nationally to get the required changes that are needed.
Pleased Nigel Evans was involved but he needs to understand the planning system. Its no good him blaming the local authority if this application is passed. As he well knows if RVBC turn down the application the developer will appeal, win and the houses will be built. Mr Evans needs to lobby for changes within the system so local people are able to decide the future of their area. It is not fair of him to make all the right noises when he is required to do so but then not do anything nationally to get the required changes that are needed. Steve Rush
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8:25pm Mon 26 Nov 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

Whalley Town is a racing certainty. I velieve that these properties and others will be erected. It is called progress and afew village NIMBYS wont prevent it from happening. In 10 to 20 years the Rubble Valley will be much more densely populated, It will also be much more multi-culutural which will be a real tangible benefit, will it not?

Deus Vobiscum
Whalley Town is a racing certainty. I velieve that these properties and others will be erected. It is called progress and afew village NIMBYS wont prevent it from happening. In 10 to 20 years the Rubble Valley will be much more densely populated, It will also be much more multi-culutural which will be a real tangible benefit, will it not? Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
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10:43pm Wed 28 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

It's the new skem
It's the new skem 2 for 5p
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7:34am Fri 30 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

It looks like the selfish NiMBYS are running out of reasons why there town should not become the new Skem, there only poxy archhes at the end of the day.
It looks like the selfish NiMBYS are running out of reasons why there town should not become the new Skem, there only poxy archhes at the end of the day. 2 for 5p
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4:12pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Bramley Meade Boy says...

Squawk, squawk, New Skem, New Skem, squawk.
Squawk, squawk, New Skem, New Skem, squawk. Bramley Meade Boy
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