has been a while since our last update, but now is a good opportunity
to tell you of some recent developments. Firstly, and most
significantly for Whalley, a government appointed Planning Inspector
has over the past two weeks held a public examination into the
Borough’s “Core Strategy” document. As you will probably
know, this sets out in broad terms the number of houses to be built
and their distribution across the Ribble Valley.
attended for three of the days, and were given the opportunity to put
our case to the Inspector. Our arguments were that (a) the
housing target for the borough was too high; (b) that Whalley was
unfairly designated as one of the three main centres for growth; and
(c) there is no plan for providing the required infrastructure should
the new houses be built. Ranged against us were an army of
developers, all keen to argue that Ribble Valley needed even more
houses, and all brazenly promoting individual sites they had an
interest in. We got a fair hearing and managed to convey to the
Inspector the frustration of residents.
must now await the Inspector’s report, which will identify any
changes required before the Core Strategy can (at long last) be
adopted. We hope that our participation will forestall any
attempt to inflict even more houses on us, but we will see.
we have learned to expect little in the way of good news from
Inspectors, perhaps things are changing. As has been reported
in the Advertiser, the proposed development at Waddow View in
Clitheroe has just been turned down on Appeal. This was the
application that Ribble Valley withdrew from fighting as they had
been advised they had ‘no chance’ of winning. Instead local
residents fought it themselves and won – on highways grounds.
must also inform you that part of the CEG site in Whalley is likely
to be developed fairly soon. This site was approved early last
year for the construction of up to 260 houses. Redrow have
applied to build 54 houses on the portion of the site adjacent to
Clitheroe Rd. We have also heard that similar discussions about
the Co-op site behind Riddings Lane are taking place.
Unfortunately we cannot now object to the principle of development on
these sites, only to their design and layout, as ‘outline’
permission has already been granted. You can find more
information on the Redrow application
Barrow the application for 190 homes has been objected to by Network
Rail citing safety concerns. While they appeared utterly
incompetent at the recent public hearing into the application, they
are sticking to their guns and maintaining their objection.
Both this application and the larger 500 house application on the
same site will be decided by the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.
We can only hope that as a politician he will be more likely than the
bureaucrats to listen to the vehement opposition from the public and
from local councillors.
Save Whalley Village Committee