MORE than 150 people attended a public meeting called to protest at plans for a new 58-home housing estate in a country market town.

They packed St Mary’s Parish Centre in Clitheroe to object to Persimmon Homes planning application to build a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroomed terrace, semi-detached and detached properties at the bottom of Hawthorne Place.

Sunday’s meeting, chaired by St Mary’s Vicar The Rev Andy Froud, was arranged at short notice by former Edisford and Low Moor councillor Sue Hind.

She and her husband, ex-Ribble Valley Council leader Ken, urged residents to object to the scheme by the January 7 deadline.

Mrs Hind said: “These houses are unnecessary.

“Clitheroe and Ribble Valley are already exceeding their new housing targets.

“Developer are plundering our beautiful countryside.

“Many children walk to school along the road and there is a road safety risk.”

The new scheme, close to another new estate under construction by Barratt Homes, is also opposed by the Clitheroe Residents Action Group which aimed to get 1,000 objections to the council by January 7 and has complained at the submission of the application just before Christmas.

Mr Hind said: “The Ribble Valley has at least a five-year supply of development land and so these homes are not needed.

“This proposed housing estate increases a traffic hazard and bottleneck at the junction of Waddington Road under the railway bridge which is in any event narrow and subject to serious flooding.

“The site is small and the 58 homes make it very dense. The number of affordable homes for rent and purchase at discount is small. There are no bungalows for the retired in a borough with 20 per cent of residents aged over 65.

“The message is enough is enough. The people of Clitheroe are fed up.”

A spokesperson for Persimmon Homes Lancashire said: “Our proposed new development is on land allocated by Ribble Valley Council. The 58 new homes are ideally located to local services and the town centre. We will happily listen to any feedback we receive to help us create a development that will benefit the community.”