Ribble Valley councillors back 1,040 homes scheme

Councillors have approved a scheme to build about 1,000 houses in rural Lancashire.

Members of the planning committee voted by 10 votes to five to give planning permission for the development in the Ribble Valley.

The site is between Clitheroe and the A59 with a new roundabout, road and school planned as well as the homes.

Developers Standen Estate said the housing development would take more than 15 years to complete.

The plans had been opposed by Clitheroe Town Council.

Its leader Mary Robinson said: "I am deeply disappointed by this decision and I can only say we are very proud of the people who voted against it.

"That site is not planned properly or suitable and heaven help us if there are any deaths on that road because the traffic will be horrendous," she added.

Councillor Terry Hill, chair of planning with Ribble Valley Council, said he was glad there had been a decisive vote after a very detailed debate.

"This will produce major benefits for Clitheroe in the long term - economic as well as infrastructure," he said.

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