Campaigners overjoyed at refusal for homes proposal

Campaign: Save Longridge members were opposed to Taylor Wimpey's application
Campaign: Save Longridge members were opposed to Taylor Wimpey's application
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Controversial plans for 220 new homes in Longridge have been knocked back by Ribble Valley Borough Council.

Taylor Wimpey’s scheme for Dilworth Hill was rejected by the council’s planning committee.

Ten councillors voted to refuse permission, with three abstentions. The decision was greeted with dekight by Save Longridge campaigners, who had filled the public gallery – but with “surprise and disappointment” by the developers’ team.

In a statement after the meeting, the developers revealed they would take time to consider whether to appeal the decision, and would continue to communicate with residents.

A Save Longridge spokesman said: “To say we are delighted is an understatement. We know we’re not out of the woods yet, but we offer a sincere thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way. Special thanks to our town councillors, who have listened to us and represented the strength of feeling.”

However, the official “minded to refuse” decision, after the strong opposition voiced by Save Longridge and local councillors’ presentations, means that the original report recommending approval of the plans will go back to a future meeting.

Borough officials confirm there will then still be the option for refusal, but with sufficient reason needed.

There will also be an opportunity for debate and for further public participation.

Save Longridge’s Matt Brittcliffe, Longridge borough councillors David Smith and Rupert Swarbrick all spoke against the proposals. The Taylor Wimpey team was led by director Andrew Thorley.