Developers appeal refusal of 100-home development in Nelson

First published in Pendle

DEVELOPERS behind plans to build over 100 homes on the former Jimmy Nelson playing fields site in Nelson have appealed the council’s decision to reject the application.

The scheme from Gleeson Homes has twice been turned down by Pendle Council, but the developers have now lodged an official appeal against the decision with the Government’s Planning Inspectorate.

When the plans were rejected for a second time at the end of July council bosses told the development control committee that they feared Gleeson would appeal, and that the council would be forced to pay costs for an ‘unreasonable’ decision.

The £10million scheme was rejected in April because of a lack of open space, but in July it was rejected because of highways concerns and a lack of open space.

Residents living in Priory Chase have waged a 12-month battle to stop the estate being built. The plans for the estate would see access gained via Priory Chase, and residents have said this is not suitable and would exasperate traffic problems in the area.

In November 2011 Pendle Council agreed a deal with Gleeson’s to sell a one-metre strip of land to them for £285,000 at the end of Priory Chase which would allow the access road to be extended.

But that deal will only go ahead if the development was approved.

The planning appeal will now be considered by a planning inspector at a later date.

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11:26am Sat 3 Nov 12

carrman2 says...

Theres a big shortage of housing according to the politicians ,They will give Gleeson the go- ahead sooner or later
Theres a big shortage of housing according to the politicians ,They will give Gleeson the go- ahead sooner or later carrman2
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1:03pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Philip A Berry says...

carrman2 wrote:
Theres a big shortage of housing according to the politicians ,They will give Gleeson the go- ahead sooner or later
There would not be anything like the shortages often quoted if all the empty houses in Nelson were occupied first before building new ones on land which many people think is unsuitable for this development.
[quote][p][bold]carrman2[/bold] wrote: Theres a big shortage of housing according to the politicians ,They will give Gleeson the go- ahead sooner or later[/p][/quote]There would not be anything like the shortages often quoted if all the empty houses in Nelson were occupied first before building new ones on land which many people think is unsuitable for this development. Philip A Berry
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10:12pm Mon 5 Nov 12

M Foster says...

Let us fill all the empty, boarded up houses first, or bulldoze them and/or build anew on `brown' land before gobbling up good green land. Roads, electric, gas, sewers, street lighting etc, already there in place. But, we are told that is the expensive option so, keep tarmacking and concreting all over what is left of this green and pleasant land in the name of profit. Never mind that we are increasingly flooded out because in a worsening climate the increased water has nowhere to go, that wildlife has increasingly less habitat or that we have a lower quality of life due to fewer local open spaces.

Who is driving this need for increased housing? The birthrate of the indigenous people of these islands have been dropping for decades so this is the result of the great influx of immigrants over that time who happen to have larger families. Around 70 per cent of the current population increases are due to immigration which, according to BBC's Andrew Marr today, is necessary because the true British will not do many of the available jobs! For the same reasons, we also need more hospitals and schools in this already overcrowded country. Great.

I applaud Pendle Council for turning down this application. There are other new housing developments around Pendle which are struggling to get buyers and I would not have though people (private buyers) are queuing up to move to Nelson. Perhaps they are for DSS claimants? However, money talks and I expect permission will be given eventually as carrman2 says.
Let us fill all the empty, boarded up houses first, or bulldoze them and/or build anew on `brown' land before gobbling up good green land. Roads, electric, gas, sewers, street lighting etc, already there in place. But, we are told that is the expensive option so, keep tarmacking and concreting all over what is left of this green and pleasant land in the name of profit. Never mind that we are increasingly flooded out because in a worsening climate the increased water has nowhere to go, that wildlife has increasingly less habitat or that we have a lower quality of life due to fewer local open spaces. Who is driving this need for increased housing? The birthrate of the indigenous people of these islands have been dropping for decades so this is the result of the great influx of immigrants over that time who happen to have larger families. Around 70 per cent of the current population increases are due to immigration which, according to BBC's Andrew Marr today, is necessary because the true British will not do many of the available jobs! For the same reasons, we also need more hospitals and schools in this already overcrowded country. Great. I applaud Pendle Council for turning down this application. There are other new housing developments around Pendle which are struggling to get buyers and I would not have though people (private buyers) are queuing up to move to Nelson. Perhaps they are for DSS claimants? However, money talks and I expect permission will be given eventually as carrman2 says. M Foster
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