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New homes plan for Whalley
2:00pm Saturday 28th July 2012 in Ribble Valley news
PROTESTERS against housing developments in the Ribble Valley have said they are still worried about the borough’s future, despite a large project being refused.
Proposals for 55 homes and a 50 bed nursing home for land at Lawsonsteads, near Whalley, were thrown out by Ribble Valley councillors after concerns over traffic, school places and its location on a green field site.
But just a day after the application was refused, another application for 137 homes at land off Mitton Road was handed in by David Wilson Homes.
The plans include 116 two, three, four and five bedroom houses as well as 21 one bedroom bungalows.
Nick Walker, chairman of the Save Whalley Village Action Group, said the refusal was just a drop in the ocean as new applications were still coming through.
He said: “We are very pleased that the council has confirmed the decision to refuse planning persmission for the Lawsonsteads development.
“We have won one and now we wait to see if they appeal.
“But we take one step forward and another back because David Wilson Homes has just submitted an application for Mitton Road, in Whalley.
“We just feel that there is a frenzy and the developers are just land grabbing. “We will have to fight this one too, but it is important to point out that we are not against all development, just development on this scale.
“We are a village and when you keep adding all of the developments up, it won’t be a village anymore.”
Andrew Taylor, planning director at David Wilson Homes North West said: “The proposed scheme offers a range of high quality family houses as well as affordable housing and bungalows.
“This application follows extensive consultation with the local authority, councillors and local residents.
“The application could be approved by November, allowing much needed open market and affordable dwellings to be built and occupied from mid 2013.”