Ribble Valley town 'under siege' from housing plans

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

LONGRIDGE is ‘under siege’ from large housing developments with the ‘focus moving from Clitheroe, Barrow and Whalley’, according to a leading borough councillor.

Coun Ken Hind, who represents Longridge on Ribble Valley Borough Council, said the town was now the ‘target’ of developers after having success in and around Clitheroe.

Around 1,700 houses are being, or could be built, in the town after a recent spate of applications were approved or submitted by developers.

Now, a further application for 190 houses off Inglewhite Road has been submitted to Preston City Council The majority of Longridge is under the authority of Ribble Valley Borough Council but a western section is governed by Preston.

A ‘Save Longridge’ campaign has been established by residents, with an online petition attracting almost 700 signatures and more than 100 comments.

Coun Hind said: “If I had to sum up the current situation facing Longridge I would say that it’s a community under siege.

“The focus has moved from Clitheroe, Whalley and Barrow onto Longridge because the local plan will state that those areas, especially Whalley, won’t take anymore developments.

“Under the plans that have either been passed or are pending, they do not meet the requirements for the area.

“We have an aging population. These houses are designed to attract migrants from outside the area into Longridge.

“These developments are making people very angry in the town and the community are fighting back through the Save Longridge campaign.”

The latest application was submitted to Preston City Council by Cheshire-based Gladman Developments Ltd and will be debated by the council in the coming months.

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5:58pm Sat 26 Apr 14

brossen99 says...

Google UK Agenda 21 !
Google UK Agenda 21 ! brossen99
  • Score: -2

6:28pm Sat 26 Apr 14

drunken donut says...

Goodbye Nigel, vote UKIP.
Goodbye Nigel, vote UKIP. drunken donut
  • Score: 15

10:28pm Sat 26 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Hey what's up NIMBYs. :-)

You live in the Ribble Valley and you think you can now pull up the draw bridge and stop other people settling there. What makes you so special ?
Hey what's up NIMBYs. :-) You live in the Ribble Valley and you think you can now pull up the draw bridge and stop other people settling there. What makes you so special ? 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -18

7:54am Sun 27 Apr 14

shytalk says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Hey what's up NIMBYs. :-)

You live in the Ribble Valley and you think you can now pull up the draw bridge and stop other people settling there. What makes you so special ?
Anyone can move into the Ribble valley. We just don't need it urbanised.
What makes it special is the fact that it is/was an area of outstanding natural beauty. Not many of those sort of places left now in the UK
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Hey what's up NIMBYs. :-) You live in the Ribble Valley and you think you can now pull up the draw bridge and stop other people settling there. What makes you so special ?[/p][/quote]Anyone can move into the Ribble valley. We just don't need it urbanised. What makes it special is the fact that it is/was an area of outstanding natural beauty. Not many of those sort of places left now in the UK shytalk
  • Score: 16

9:07am Sun 27 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Hey what's up NIMBYs. :-)

You live in the Ribble Valley and you think you can now pull up the draw bridge and stop other people settling there. What makes you so special ?
Not special, but It's very nice knowing we don't live next door to you. :-)
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Hey what's up NIMBYs. :-) You live in the Ribble Valley and you think you can now pull up the draw bridge and stop other people settling there. What makes you so special ?[/p][/quote]Not special, but It's very nice knowing we don't live next door to you. :-) greenscreener
  • Score: 11

10:42am Sun 27 Apr 14

supertrooper says...

Another "not in my backyard" attitude.
Under siege is a bit of an over-reaction. Maybe in Ukraine at the moment but not Longridge!
Another "not in my backyard" attitude. Under siege is a bit of an over-reaction. Maybe in Ukraine at the moment but not Longridge! supertrooper
  • Score: -9

7:25pm Sun 27 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

greenscreener wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Hey what's up NIMBYs. :-)

You live in the Ribble Valley and you think you can now pull up the draw bridge and stop other people settling there. What makes you so special ?
Not special, but It's very nice knowing we don't live next door to you. :-)
For now maybe, however I have a few customers who owe me quite a bit.
So shortly I could be living in the R.V.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Hey what's up NIMBYs. :-) You live in the Ribble Valley and you think you can now pull up the draw bridge and stop other people settling there. What makes you so special ?[/p][/quote]Not special, but It's very nice knowing we don't live next door to you. :-)[/p][/quote]For now maybe, however I have a few customers who owe me quite a bit. So shortly I could be living in the R.V. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -4

11:27pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Hey what's up NIMBYs. :-)

You live in the Ribble Valley and you think you can now pull up the draw bridge and stop other people settling there. What makes you so special ?
Not special, but It's very nice knowing we don't live next door to you. :-)
For now maybe, however I have a few customers who owe me quite a bit.
So shortly I could be living in the R.V.
So , are you a money launderer then. ? The likes of you won't be welcomed in the R / V . Sorry Mr Patel .
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Hey what's up NIMBYs. :-) You live in the Ribble Valley and you think you can now pull up the draw bridge and stop other people settling there. What makes you so special ?[/p][/quote]Not special, but It's very nice knowing we don't live next door to you. :-)[/p][/quote]For now maybe, however I have a few customers who owe me quite a bit. So shortly I could be living in the R.V.[/p][/quote]So , are you a money launderer then. ? The likes of you won't be welcomed in the R / V . Sorry Mr Patel . Steven11
  • Score: 2

7:27am Mon 28 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Hey what's up NIMBYs. :-)

You live in the Ribble Valley and you think you can now pull up the draw bridge and stop other people settling there. What makes you so special ?
Not special, but It's very nice knowing we don't live next door to you. :-)
For now maybe, however I have a few customers who owe me quite a bit.
So shortly I could be living in the R.V.
Well, it's nice for you to have a dream.

Does this count as emotional development for our little Troll ?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Hey what's up NIMBYs. :-) You live in the Ribble Valley and you think you can now pull up the draw bridge and stop other people settling there. What makes you so special ?[/p][/quote]Not special, but It's very nice knowing we don't live next door to you. :-)[/p][/quote]For now maybe, however I have a few customers who owe me quite a bit. So shortly I could be living in the R.V.[/p][/quote]Well, it's nice for you to have a dream. Does this count as emotional development for our little Troll ? greenscreener
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10:45am Mon 28 Apr 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

It all come down to a total failing by Ribble Valley council, under the 'so called' leadership of Marshal Scott. If he had competent staff in place ,that could have written a decent core strategy, non of this debacle would be taking place. If we had to absorb 5,000 houses over the next five years, they could have been evenly spread throughout the borough, in a timely manor, with minimum destruction. Instead the 1.5 mile strip from Whalley to Barrow already has nearly 2,000 houses approved, with even more in the pipeline. All new decisions will be given the green light by Ribble Valley's planning team, otherwise one more failure to refuse a development, which is subsequently overturned, will place them in special measures. It's therefore clear that their jobs are more important to these buffoons, than our countryside and communities. It's a shameful situation, hence the sooner we have a shakeup of the management structure and a clearing of the dead wood, the better.
It all come down to a total failing by Ribble Valley council, under the 'so called' leadership of Marshal Scott. If he had competent staff in place ,that could have written a decent core strategy, non of this debacle would be taking place. If we had to absorb 5,000 houses over the next five years, they could have been evenly spread throughout the borough, in a timely manor, with minimum destruction. Instead the 1.5 mile strip from Whalley to Barrow already has nearly 2,000 houses approved, with even more in the pipeline. All new decisions will be given the green light by Ribble Valley's planning team, otherwise one more failure to refuse a development, which is subsequently overturned, will place them in special measures. It's therefore clear that their jobs are more important to these buffoons, than our countryside and communities. It's a shameful situation, hence the sooner we have a shakeup of the management structure and a clearing of the dead wood, the better. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 5

10:54am Mon 28 Apr 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

It all comes down to a total failing by Ribble Valley council, under the 'so called' leadership of Marshal Scott. If he had competent staff in place ,that could have written a decent core strategy, non of this debacle would be taking place. If we had to absorb 5,000 houses over the next five years, they could have been evenly spread throughout the borough, in a timely manor, with minimum destruction. Instead the 1.5 mile strip from Whalley to Barrow already has nearly 2,000 houses approved, with even more in the pipeline. All new decisions will be given an automatic 'green light' by Ribble Valley's planning team, otherwise one more failure to refuse a development, which is subsequently overturned by the Planning Inspectorate, will place them in special measures. It's therefore clear that their jobs are more important to these buffoons, than our countryside and communities. It's a shameful situation, hence the sooner we have a shake-up of the management structure and a clearing of the dead wood, the better.

Our MP is as much use as a 'chocolate fireguard' too, hence RV residents should consider long and hard at the next General Election, if an automatic tick against a donkey wearing a blue rosette is the wisest choice to make. Especially if he is a high functioning alcoholic donkey.
It all comes down to a total failing by Ribble Valley council, under the 'so called' leadership of Marshal Scott. If he had competent staff in place ,that could have written a decent core strategy, non of this debacle would be taking place. If we had to absorb 5,000 houses over the next five years, they could have been evenly spread throughout the borough, in a timely manor, with minimum destruction. Instead the 1.5 mile strip from Whalley to Barrow already has nearly 2,000 houses approved, with even more in the pipeline. All new decisions will be given an automatic 'green light' by Ribble Valley's planning team, otherwise one more failure to refuse a development, which is subsequently overturned by the Planning Inspectorate, will place them in special measures. It's therefore clear that their jobs are more important to these buffoons, than our countryside and communities. It's a shameful situation, hence the sooner we have a shake-up of the management structure and a clearing of the dead wood, the better. Our MP is as much use as a 'chocolate fireguard' too, hence RV residents should consider long and hard at the next General Election, if an automatic tick against a donkey wearing a blue rosette is the wisest choice to make. Especially if he is a high functioning alcoholic donkey. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 1

5:15pm Mon 5 May 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Preston city council feel free to take the whole of longridge back. And while we are on with boundry changes lets get shut of Wilpshire as that is in Blackburn.
Preston city council feel free to take the whole of longridge back. And while we are on with boundry changes lets get shut of Wilpshire as that is in Blackburn. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 1

8:42am Tue 6 May 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
Preston city council feel free to take the whole of longridge back. And while we are on with boundry changes lets get shut of Wilpshire as that is in Blackburn.
I couldn't agree more, what's the point of Wilpshire and Mellor being in the Ribble valley, there's not enough school places, now that 4,000 houses are going up around Whalley and Clitheroe. They may as well send their offspring to Shadsworth, St Wilfreds or QEGS, after all they are geographically closer.
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: Preston city council feel free to take the whole of longridge back. And while we are on with boundry changes lets get shut of Wilpshire as that is in Blackburn.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more, what's the point of Wilpshire and Mellor being in the Ribble valley, there's not enough school places, now that 4,000 houses are going up around Whalley and Clitheroe. They may as well send their offspring to Shadsworth, St Wilfreds or QEGS, after all they are geographically closer. Birtrumthegreat
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