PROPOSALS for a £3million eco-housing estate for military veterans and the homeless are back before councillors this week.

In January Hyndburn Council’s planning committee deferred discussion of an application from Buildings for Humanity for a site on Charter Street in Accrington just 45 minutes before the meeting.

Officers had recommended refusal because insufficient information has been provided on the 36 flats and 10 houses' impact on biodiversity and ecology and an unacceptable loss of trees.

Shortly before the meeting was due to start the applicants provided further information and the committee voted to defer consideration.

The scheme is back before councillors tomorrow with a recommendation from officers for approval after they considered the new details.

The project aims to deliver sustainable and low energy-performance homes for military veterans and homeless people from East Lancashire.

It seeks to build a 100 per cent affordable, ‘zero carbon’ housing scheme of 46 properties including a community training hub, communal growing spaces, private and communal gardens.

The land had provisionally been given to Buildings for Humanity by the Hyndburn Council’s cabinet in September 2019.

The officers report says: “The proposal is to create a 100 per cent affordable, ‘zero carbon’ 46 property scheme across a mix of apartments and family homes.

“No objections to the scheme have been received."

The planning officers’ report recommends approval of the revised scheme with 23 conditions including measures to protect trees and wildlife.