Housing bid row goes on

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An application to build 520 homes and relocate a cricket pitch will cause traffic chaos, a council meeting heard.

Barratt Homes’ plan to build to the east of Chipping Lane, Longridge, was rejected by Ribble Valley Council in August.

And the builder’s revised application – which includes a relocation agreement with Longridge Cricket Club, a number of proposed affordable houses and elderly accommodation – sparked several objections at Wednesday night’s Longridge Town Council meeting.

Councillors said their major concerns were about the impact on Longridge’s roads.

Coun Jim Rogerson said: “My big concern is for the traffic surveys. Barratt Homes used the 2001 census which paints a different picture. We have lost a lot of businesses in the Chipping area since that time.

“Now at least 75 per cent of traffic will turn left at Chipping Road just after Sainsbury’s. It will create a new traffic funnel at the bottom of Berry Lane.”

There were also concerns about the effect on the character of the area and the flood risk.

Eric Ball from the Save Longridge campaign said: “If these fields are lost to concrete they will be gone forever.

The revised application will be considered by Ribble Valley Council later this year.