Developer eyes up cricket ground site

Area: A map of the site for planned homes
Area: A map of the site for planned homes
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A housing developer has announced plans for 500 new homes in Longridge, on land which includes a cricket club.

Barratt Homes is behind the plan for land off Chipping Lane – including the site of Longridge Cricket Club.

The proposals include plans for a ‘modern cricket facility’ to safeguard the long-term future’ of the club, and a new primary school.

Club chairman Tom Haworth confirmed that he knew about the plans.

Meetings had been held after the firm first approached the club about using the land, known locally to have been given for the sport by benefactor George Newsham.

Mr Haworth said: “If they (Barratts) are successful they have offered to relocate the cricket ground to the adjoining field, and include the provision of all facilities to match and improve those presently in place.”

Barratt Homes says it is responding to Ribble Valley Council’s Core Strategy consultation on future housing needs by announcing the aim to submit an outline planning application for 500 new homes at Higgin Brook, taking in the grounds of Longridge Cricket Club.

This follows a first phase submitted in April for 106 properties on the site. Land manager Andy Brown says the development will deliver much-needed affordable homes, as well as new community facilities, a primary school and a modern cricket facility to replace the current club.

He said: “The inclusion of Higgin Brook as a strategic site in Ribble Valley Council’s Core Strategy should be seriously considered by the council.”

Mr Haworth added a new, larger ground would help guarantee the future of cricket in the area.