PLANS have been unveiled for a multi-million pound eco-friendly holiday village in rural Pendle.
Bingley-based developers Halton Homes want to create the set-up on the site of the former Park Close Quarry, in Salterforth.
The firm anticipates that it will cost around £6million to build 55 timber lodges as well as a reception building comprising a shop, cafe, health spa and manager’s accommodation, in phases over a two-year period.
Developers say the holiday village will provide a welcome boost to the local economy as it will create the equivalent of 10 full-time jobs and local contractors will be offered the chance to work on the project.
But villagers have raised concerns over the choice of location, which is open land, and the effect it will have on traffic problems in the area.
In the plans, which have been submitted to Pendle Council, it says the timber lodges will be built using carbon neutral materials and residents will be able to live in them for 11 months of the year.
The shop would be able to open between 7.30am and 6pm and the spa would remain open until 8pm.
Christine Pollard, vice chairman of Salterforth Parish Council, said the outline plans were shown to villagers earlier this year.
She said: “There isn’t a sewer at the other side of Anchor Bridge, everybody has their own septic tank. The developers said they would put something in underground and they will have to. And there will be more traffic coming down that road, which is already pretty bad.
“It is a former quarry and that land will be contaminated, so I hope they have done their research on that as well.
“It does look like it will be very nice, but it’s too big - that’s my personal opinion.”
The plans will be discussed by Pendle’s West Craven Committee at a future meeting.