Housing developers scale back plans

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The two major development companies proposing hundreds of houses in green fields around Longridge have revealed revised plans after their recent consultations with the public.

Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Homes have both lowered house numbers in respective masterplan and first-phase proposals for sites off Dilworth Lane and at Higgin Brook off Chipping Lane.

Taylor Wimpey, which originally had plans for 600 properties on the whole of Dilworth Hill reduced the scheme to 240 on half of it. That has now been reduced again to 220.

Barratt Homes’ first public consultation for up to 500 new homes at Higgin Brook saw residents consulted on both the detailed proposals for 106 new homes on the western edge of Higgin Brook as well as outline proposals for further residential development across the whole of the site.

This first phase of the scheme – known as Bowland Meadows – would deliver 106 what are described as ‘much needed new high quality homes in a well landscaped and sustainable residential development that would be designed to reflect the character of the local area.

Senior land manager Andrew Brown said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to view the proposals and submit their feedback. All the responses have been carefully considered and used to help shape the final plans for Bowland Meadows.”

However, residents and campaigners from Save Longridge continue to oppose plans by several developers, including Wimpey and Barratt, to build hundreds of new homes on key sites in the town.

A spokesman said: “This week sees Taylor Wimpey re-visiting Longridge as a follow up to their initial proposals which sparked outrage amongst many local people. We urge everyone to raise their objections once formal applications are submitted.”