Second bid for new homes turned down

Persimmon Homes had planned to build 261 homes on land north of Brindle Road, Bamber Bridge.
Persimmon Homes had planned to build 261 homes on land north of Brindle Road, Bamber Bridge.
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Plans to build more than 250 new homes planned in South Ribble have been rejected by planners.

Developers Persimmon Homes had submitted proposals for 261 homes, including 30 per cent affordable housing, for land north of Brindle Road in Bamber Bridge.

But at South Ribble Council’s planning committee, the potential development was rejected on a number of issues, including excessive noise, property density, road access, and the size of the homes’ garages.

Committee chairman Coun Jon Hesketh said: “There were certain things the committee wasn’t satisifed within the report that was submitted. It wasn’t decisive enough; it didn’t give us the full details of what was being put forward.”

A Persimmon Homes Lancashire spokesman said: “We are awaiting the formal decision notice from the local authority and will then consider our options for the site.”

Last month, the Post spoke to action groups, charities and councillors about their concerns for the Persimmon development as well as a neighbouring development for 193 homes, submitted by Bellway Homes.

Audrey Dawson from the Campaign to Protect Rural England Lancashire had previously objected to the development for a number of reasons, including increased pollution and congestion.

Ms Dawson said: "The CPRE is extremely pleased to see that this badly-designed development for a semi-urban site has been rejected by the council and that residents’ voices have been listened to – I was very happy to give them every support."

Councillor for Bamber Bridge East, David Watts, was at the planning committee meeting and welcomed the outcome.

Coun Watts said: “I’m quite pleased, for the reasons states by the committee.

“Going forward, the land must still be used for housing but the Brindle Road development has lots of problems with it.

“We hope they will make note of the Persimmon Homes development to make improvements to their own plan.

“Lots can be done to make it better.”

The Persimmon application was a re-submission of a previously unsuccessful attempt in 2014 to build 283 homes on the same plot of land.