ANGRY residents are staging a protest walk as part of their campaign to get the Standen Estate planning application in Clitheroe rejected.

According to a Clitheroe Residents Action Group (CRAG) survey, 2,500 residents oppose the construction of 1040 residential homes on the Higher Standen Farm and Part Littlemoor Farm sites.

The application is also opposed by the Town Council, the Campaign for Rural England, Natural England and Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans. The walk, on Sunday May 12 , will start at 3pm at Four Lanes End junction off the A59 at the top of Pendle Road.

Campaign member, Kevin Read, 69, said: “The impact of these houses would be hugely detremental. I have never heard of a town that has had such a large number of applications.

“The residents are just not being listened to and all this pressure from the government on building new affordable homes is hitting the people who live in this town the most.

“The extra traffic created by thousands of people moving to the area would be phenonimal and that should be recognised.

“This walk is all about showing people what they would lose if the plan gets approved.

“It’s the preferred site, but I still think we can get it reduced at the very least.”

CRAG leader Steve Rush, said: “We can’t get our views heard and another site is going to be approved that this town can’t cope with.”

The plans, submitted by The Trustees of the Standen Estate, include 728 market homes, 312 affordable homes and 156 reserved for over 55s.