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Great news, countryside in Baroldswick saved from bulldozers!

Thursday, 28 June 2018 16:45

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Lancashire beauty spot Greenberfield Locks will stay green thanks to a campaign objecting to 60 new houses on agricultural land in the Borough of Pendle culminating in the refusal of planning permission.

On the 26th June, an application to bulldoze farm fields in the countryside was unanimously refused at the Borough of Pendle’s Planning Committee.  Lots of local residents attended the meeting, with some 14 people making representations as to why the application ought to be refused.  The area around Greenberfield Locks, next to the highest point of the Leeds Liverpool canal, is a true beauty spot, and people are passionate about wanting it keep it that way.  Visitors come from miles around to enjoy walks along the canal with spectacular views of the surrounding rural landscapes.
The proposal was for a major residential development of 60 houses on 3.4 hectares of greenfield land north east of Meadow Lane, Skipton Lane in Barnoldswick.  The land is currently used for farming, which CPRE Lancashire believes is important for continued food production for the benefit of future generations.
CPRE Lancashire wrote a letter (see below), after being contacted by concerned residents, with a recommendation to the Planning Committee to refuse the application as it was contrary to national and local plan planning policies.   The Parish Council had also opposed the development of this land.   
CPRE Lancashire considered there was likely harm on open countryside as it involves farm land outside the settlement boundary. The National Planning Policy Framework, paragraph 14. says decisions should be taken “recognising the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside and supporting thriving rural communities within it”.
Furthermore, as the Government recently consulted on a proposed new method for Objectively Assessed Need and derived a figure of 165 dwellings per annum for Pendle.  This figure is considerably lower than that being suggested for the local plan, so we suggested the lower figure ought to be used when assessing whether the Council had a robust five year housing land supply.
An application for twice the amount of houses had previously been refused, and CPRE Lancashire is aware that this may be a case when a developer won’t accept no, is no and the developer may appeal the decision.  For now, we are pleased with our success, and if they do appeal, we will put up a fight!
Local residents thanked CPRE Lancashire for its input, believing that "every little helps" as they say!


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