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Fury at plans for 260 homes in Whalley
THE chairman of a residents’ group has spoken of his fury after another planning application was submitted for Whalley.
Developer, the Commercial Estates Group, wants to build 260 houses as well as a primary school on land to the east of Clitheroe Road, known as Lawsonsteads.
It comes after a resubmitted plan by the same group for 55 houses and a nursing home on the same site was passed on appeal in August.
CEG had also applied to build 300 houses at the site in 2011, were refused by Ribble Valley Council.
Nick Walker, chairman of the Save Whalley Village Action Group, said: “My reaction is the same as the last time CEG submitted an application - I am absolutely furious. We are so frustrated that this is happening.
“Despite everybody’s best efforts, the applications are still coming in with demands for more and more houses. The problem is that the village will turn into a housing estate.”
Among the issues Mr Walker has with the application was the effect it would have on the appearance of the village, lack of sewage provision and not enough school places.
He said: “These new houses would mean 233 more children. A one form entry primary school is not going to be big enough.
“If it is going to happen, Lancashire County Council needs to secure a much bigger site for the school, otherwise we will be in the same position we are in now with kids transported everywhere.”
CEG was not available for comment.
The village is to appear on the Politics Show on BBC1 on Sunday as part of a film on how the North West is affected by planning applications.
Mr Walker said: “I hope the programme will highlight the problems that the Ribble Valley is facing.”
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