Housing protestors ‘red alert’

Area: Land off Dilworth Lane proposed for homes
Area: Land off Dilworth Lane proposed for homes
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Campaigners concerned about housing developments in Longridge have set up a ‘fighting fund’ to finance their activities.

The Save Longridge campaigners say they are now on red alert after mapping sites surrounding the town earmarked by six national development companies, plus two others, with potential for a total of 2,546 more houses.

Group spokesman Jeff Seel said: “Longridge is under attack from these hordes of developers.

“We are being surrounded by money-hungry firms who seem to have little or no regard for the effect that they are having on our peaceful and beautiful rural community.

“We are all aware of central government’s directives on housing needs for the whole of the country, and we acknowledge that Longridge and the rest of Ribble Valley have an obligation to meet those directives.

“However, the wholesale mass developments proposed by big guns bear little or no resemblance to actual requirements.

“If the developers have their way, we will have large scale housing estates full of four and five bedroomed homes of which there are already an abundance in this area.”

The group met the town council for the first time at its meeting last week, with Mr Seel being given time to state the many concerns raised by campaigners.

Council chairman Coun Chris Parkinson welcomed the input from Mr Seel and written comments from group member Andy Rawlinson. He said: “I don’t think there are any differences between Save Longridge and the council (on this subject).

“We look forward to getting everything together backed by the Neighbourhood Plan, which is going to be a good, solid document.”

Mr Seel added: “We must ask ourselves, who is going to buy all these four and five bedroomed homes?

“It is not local residents in Longridge.”