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Controversial homes plan to be explored at open day

artist impression from Taylor Wimpey

artist impression from Taylor Wimpey

A housing developer is inviting the public to an open day to have their say on controversial homes plans.

Taylor Wimpey wants to build up to 240 “high-quality” family homes off Dilworth Lane in Longridge. near Preston.

But objectors said neighbours are “distraught” by the proposals, and urged people to sign their “Save Longridge” petition.

A public exhibition is due to be held on Monday, before plans are submitted to Ribble Valley Council.

Dilworth Coun Rupert Swarbrick said: “People in the immediate neighbourhood are extremely distraught about it, and if you are coming from the east of the patch, that’s the first part of Longridge that you arrive on.

“The core strategy requires us to build houses, everybody knows that, and we have to strike the right balance of provision and design. What we as a community have to do is to attempt to manage inevitable change.”

Andrew Thorley, strategic regional director for Taylor Wimpey, said: “Our site proposes to deliver the new homes that are so desperately needed in Longridge, as well as providing real opportunities for home-hunters to progress on the property ladder using initiatives like the government-backed Help to Buy scheme.

“We are consulting at this very early stage to welcome the input of local people on our initial proposals and ensure we deliver the best plans for the area.”

He said the project would bring other benefits to the town, including a £3.9m annual investment during the construction period, business opportunities and training and apprenticeship opportunities.

The exhibition will be from 2.30pm to 8pm at the Old Station, Longridge.

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