£2.4million housing development plans for Briercliffe

WASTELAND The site at Harle Syke, near to Queen Street Mill, earmarked for 120 homes.

WASTELAND The site at Harle Syke, near to Queen Street Mill, earmarked for 120 homes.

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

A HUGE housing development is planned for Briercliffe to fund the refurbishment of an historic manor house.

Between 100 and 120 homes could be built on Bend Hill and profits will help pay for the £2million transformation of the derelict 16th Extwistle Hall.

The hall has been empty for over 20 years and is now in a very poor state, having been on English Heritage’s ‘At Risk’ register for around 10 years.

The sale of the houses planned for Bend Hill, on land behind Queen Street Mill, would raise money to pay for the restoration of the Grade II listed building, which could then be sold off.

But concerns have been raised about the traffic congestion that such a large development would create, with vehicle travelling through Harle Syke to reach the development via Granville Street.

Coun Roger Frost, who chairs the parish council and is involved with the Briercliffe Society, said: “Extwistle Hall is a very historic building in Briercliffe but is in a very poor state.

“It has not been lived in for over 20 years and during that time it has fallen into a state of disrepair. It is an Elizabethan Manor House and is a very important and well known building in the parish.

“Around 20 years ago there was talk of plans for a golf course in the area on this land. Developers wanted to make it the ‘Gleneagles of the North’, but in the end if fell through.

“I received a letter about the plans and I have discussed them with the Briercliffe Society and the parish council so far.

“In time residents will be consulted, but I get the feeling that there will be a great deal of concern about the plans. Access to the site at Bend Hill would have to be through Harle Syke which people think is choked back with cars anyway.”

The land at Bend Hill is not green belt, but is classed as rural land on Burnley Borough Council’s local area plan, which could mean there will be restrictions on the development.

Blackburn and Crawshawbooth firm ATC Construction and Design are putting the plans together.

John Schofield, owner of the company, said: “It will be around 100 homes, 120 tops, and it will include town houses, semi detached - quite a good mixture.

“The refurbishment of Extwistle Hall will be a full internal and external refurb, which will cost between £2million and £2.4million.

“At the moment we are in discussions with English Heritage over the plans. I think we are still a few months away from putting an application in.”

Coun Frost said that Extwistle Hall was owned by a property company based in the Isle of Man which also owned around 100 acres of land in and around Briercliffe, including the land at Bend Hill.

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1:39pm Wed 11 Jan 12

stigofthedump says...

Harle syke was once a nice village. too many houses there now.
Harle syke was once a nice village. too many houses there now. stigofthedump
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2:20pm Wed 11 Jan 12

notchuffed says...

They already refer to the road through Harle Syke as Holcombe Brook obstacle course and this would make it even worse.

Why doesn't the Parish Council get the 2 "builders" who are trying to blight the area with their wind turbines to invest in Extwistle Hall instead of ruining a beautiful rural area with their proposed monstrosities.
They already refer to the road through Harle Syke as Holcombe Brook obstacle course and this would make it even worse. Why doesn't the Parish Council get the 2 "builders" who are trying to blight the area with their wind turbines to invest in Extwistle Hall instead of ruining a beautiful rural area with their proposed monstrosities. notchuffed
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2:25pm Wed 11 Jan 12

vintageclaret says...

To add to the above Wind Turbines post the Planning Committee meets tomorrow night to discuss/decide on these. If you object make sure you attend and make your feelings known before the beautiful view across the valley is spoilt forever and the value of properties are reduced.
To add to the above Wind Turbines post the Planning Committee meets tomorrow night to discuss/decide on these. If you object make sure you attend and make your feelings known before the beautiful view across the valley is spoilt forever and the value of properties are reduced. vintageclaret
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5:26pm Wed 11 Jan 12

notchuffed says...

Hello Vintage no the wind turbines are now not on the agenda for tomorrow. Apparently this item has now been moved to February 15th and everybody who has objected are supposed to get a letter from Planning Office. Don't hold your breath waiting for it because nobody received one either informing them of tomorrows meeting nor of the not being on the agenda. Something doesn't seem right about this non-notification or is it just the complete incompetence of the Planning Office
Hello Vintage no the wind turbines are now not on the agenda for tomorrow. Apparently this item has now been moved to February 15th and everybody who has objected are supposed to get a letter from Planning Office. Don't hold your breath waiting for it because nobody received one either informing them of tomorrows meeting nor of the not being on the agenda. Something doesn't seem right about this non-notification or is it just the complete incompetence of the Planning Office notchuffed
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8:39pm Wed 11 Jan 12

DaveBurnley says...

stigofthedump wrote:
Harle syke was once a nice village. too many houses there now.
Very true,it's just like Worsthorne which was turned from a village into a giant housing estate.
[quote][p][bold]stigofthedump[/bold] wrote: Harle syke was once a nice village. too many houses there now.[/p][/quote]Very true,it's just like Worsthorne which was turned from a village into a giant housing estate. DaveBurnley
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10:37am Thu 12 Jan 12

athlete says...

Hi, A question to the planners, with an average household having 2 cars, how will Harylesyke cope with 240 extra cars in the morning and teatime rush hour and which Schools will accomodate 100's of extra children ?

Who's interest is Roger Frost acting for? the Historical society or the residents of Briercliffe ? Is the price worth it ?
Hi, A question to the planners, with an average household having 2 cars, how will Harylesyke cope with 240 extra cars in the morning and teatime rush hour and which Schools will accomodate 100's of extra children ? Who's interest is Roger Frost acting for? the Historical society or the residents of Briercliffe ? Is the price worth it ? athlete
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10:58am Thu 12 Jan 12

Siouxsie-Jan says...

Good question. Just who is Councillor Frost acting for?

The Extwistle Hall refurbishment appears to be no more than a sop for the planners.

The last thing this area needs is another 120 homes.
Good question. Just who is Councillor Frost acting for? The Extwistle Hall refurbishment appears to be no more than a sop for the planners. The last thing this area needs is another 120 homes. Siouxsie-Jan
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8:11am Fri 13 Jan 12

Skyfall says...

Granville St. is mentioned for access.In fact Queen St. will be used more.
Would prefer wind turbines rather than add to road congestion in the Parish.
Granville St. is mentioned for access.In fact Queen St. will be used more. Would prefer wind turbines rather than add to road congestion in the Parish. Skyfall
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