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Branch objects to application for 50 houses in Hammond Ground off Whalley Road in Read

Friday, 08 July 2016 11:16

Photo of site looking northwest from Whalley Road Photo of site looking northwest from Whalley Road

CPRE supports local residents in objection and argues that benefit of the development is outweighed by harm to the local community.

CPRE Lancashire raised several objections to the proposal which are summarised as the following:

  • This proposal would contribute to the sprawl of built development into countryside and cause the encroachment in to rural Lancashire.
  • CPRE Lancashire is concerned that fly-tipping, including glass bottles and a microwave was referred to in the site reconnaissance notes of the planning statement. The existence of fly-tipped material ought not to support the achievement of a planning consent or this could lead to land-owners, or developer interests purposefully running down the appearance of their land interest.
  • The development would incur the loss of farmland. We remind planning decision makers that once countryside land is developed it is gone for good, with net loss to the natural environment.
  • The heritage setting of Read Park would be adversely impact, which is an important local historic landscape with important views to natural environments.
  • There is concern about negative impact from the proposed development on the landscape and visual amenity of local residents from both short and long range views. Furthermore the site is in proximity to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • CPRE Lancashire is concerned by harmful impacts to a number of ancient trees that should be protected on site.
  • The application proposal is opposed by a large number of local residents and Read Parish Council and CPRE Lancashire encourages the planning decision makers to give adequate weight to local opinion when deciding on an application.
  • Read and Simonstone do not have the adequate infrastructure such as local shops or health facilities to support the proposed over 55’s development.


See the attachment below for a full copy of the objection.

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