A HUGE new housing development could be coming to Clitheroe with up to 160 homes.

Gladman Developments Ltd has lodged the plans with Ribble Valley Council for the houses on land off Henthorn Road in the town.

Also included in the plan is public open space, landscaping, a drainage system and an access point for vehicles.

In planning documents submitted as part of the application, Gladman, said the development would meet the housing needs of the area.

They said: "The development will create up to 160 dwellings with a range of housing to meet the needs of the area, whilst respecting and enhancing the site’s environmental assets.

"Housing will be set within a robust network of green infrastructure, which will help to integrate development within the landscape and create a distinctive sense of place.

The development would be delivered over two parcels of land north and south of Henthorn Road.

Of the houses, 30 per cent would be affordable and 15 per cent of the homes would be for over 55s.

Gladman said: "There is a significant benefit of 30 per cent affordable housing delivered in accordance

with current adopted planning policy.

"There is a substantial backlog, under delivery and acute affordable housing need in the borough.

"The outline planning application is made in the context of the government’s requirement to boost housing land supply and the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

"This proposal would be deliverable in the short term and increase the supply and choice of housing at one of the most sustainable and principle settlements in the borough.

They added: "It would contribute towards economic growth and have wider social benefits to the local community, meeting a range of housing requirements, including affordable housing.

"The principles outlined within the Design and Access Statement would secure a high quality scheme."