Res­i­dents voice floods fears over new homes plan

104 ob­jec­tions to ap­pli­ca­tion at storm-hit site

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MORE than 100 res­i­dents have ob­jected to plans for a new hous­ing devel­op­ment at a flood-hit site.

Pro­pos­als from Hurst­wood Hold­ings to build 30 homes on Johnny Barn Close, in Clough­fold, have met with stiff op­po­si­tion from lo­cal res­i­dents.

Rossendale Bor­ough Coun­cil re­ceived 104 let­ters of ob­jec­tion to the plan­ning ap­plica- tion which is in an area badly hit by se­vere flood­ing, in­clud­ing af­ter last month’s storms.

Neigh­bours say they are ex­tremely wor­ried more house­build­ing could fur­ther re­duce drainage, and raise the risk of fu­ture flood­ing.

Mem­bers of the Johnny Barn Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion have voiced their con­cerns.

Ju­dith Wil­liamson, 59, said: “We had an in­ci­dent re­cently where we were out sand­bag­ging our neigh­bour’s house be­cause the wa­ter was flood­ing right up to her front door.”

Coun­cil­lor Pa­trick Mar­riott said: “Flood­ing is of deep con­cern. Not just for the res­i­dents of Higher Clough­fold but along Newchurch Road, down Peel Street and to­ward the Ir­well.”

A de­ci­sion will be made by coun­cil­lors next week.

MORE than 100 res­i­dents have ob­jected to plans for a new hous­ing devel­op­ment at a flood-hit site.

Pro­pos­als from Hurst­wood Hold­ings to build 30 homes on Johnny Barn Close, in Clough­fold, have met with stiff op­po­si­tion from lo­cal res­i­dents.

Rossendale Bor­ough Coun­cil re­ceived 104 let­ters of ob­jec­tion to the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, in an area badly hit by se­vere flood­ing, in­clud­ing af­ter last month’s Storm Brian.

Neigh­bours say they are ex­tremely wor­ried ad­di­tional house­build­ing could in­crease the threat of fu­ture floods.

Mem­bers of the Johnny Barn Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion have ap­proached the coun­cil with their con­cerns.

Ju­dith Wil­liamson, 59, has been hit badly by floods in the past and says the lo­cal com­mu­nity is ex­tremely wor­ried.

She said: “We had an in­ci­dent re­cently where we were out sand­bag­ging our neigh­bour’s house be­cause the wa­ter was flood­ing right up to her front door.

“It has got to the point where the as­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee has had to get spe­cial fund­ing so that we could get th­ese ‘snakes’, which ex­pand when they come into con­tact with wa­ter, in or­der to pro­tect our homes.

“No­body wants to go through what I have been through. My home was flooded a few years ago. The wa­ter came in through my back gar­den and right through the en­tire house.

“I had to have in­dus­trial dry­ers, forc­ing my chil­dren and I had to live up­stairs for six weeks and my in­sur­ance dou­bled.

“I had to build a wall af­ter it hap­pened, so that I wouldn’t be flooded again.”

Keith Gir­ling, 68, claimed the re­moval of nat­u­ral drainage will in­crease the dan­ger of flood­ing, in an area that al­ready suf­fers heav­ily. He said: “We have griev­ous con­cerns that the ad­di­tional and speeded up flows from this devel­op­ment, if it takes place, will in­crease the flood risk and flood events that we al­ready see.”

Coun­cil of­fi­cers have rec­om­mended the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for ap­proval, al­though a fi­nal de­ci­sion is due to be made next week by the plan­ning com­mit­tee.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Pa­trick Mar­riott also voiced con­cerns over the plans.

He said: “Flood­ing is of deep con­cern. Not just for the res­i­dents of Higher Clough­fold but along Newchurch Road, down Peel Street and to­ward the Ir­well.”

Res­i­dents have also raised con­cerns over the po­ten­tial im­pact of the devel­op­ment on Clough­fold Con­ser­va­tion Area, traf­fic con­ges­tion and the nat­u­ral land­scape.

Ap­pli­cants Hurst­wood said the area was in “des­per­ate” need of qual­ity new homes.

Se­nior devel­op­ment sur­veyor Matthew Bint said: “We are very pleased that Rossendale Bor­ough Coun­cil have rec­om­mended this scheme for ap­proval and we wish to thank them for their sup­port dur­ing this long and ar­du­ous ap­pli­ca­tion progress.

“Rossendale is in des­per­ate need of qual­ity new homes of this na­ture, bring­ing new in­vest­ment into the val­ley. I do hope that the com­mit­tee see their way to sup­port their of­fi­cers’ rec­om­men­da­tions and to ad­dress the mas­sive short­fall of hous­ing that has now built up in the area.”

Rossendale coun­cil’s devel­op­ment con­trol com­mit­tee will de­cide on the pro­posal on Tues­day, Novem­ber 7. A pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tion, in 2015, was with­drawn af­ter 35 let­ters of ob­jec­tion.

Homes across the Val­ley felt the ef­fect of Storm Brian last month, with 13 ‘se­vere flood warn­ings’ put in place and 31 emer­gency 999 calls made in just two hours on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

It was an­nounced in Septem­ber that Rossendale coun­cil has been set a tar­get of 2,120 new homes, to be built over the next 10 years.

l● Flood­ing on Johnny Barn Close last month

Re­cent flood­ing on Johnny Barn Close, where a pro­posed devel­op­ment of 30 homes has re­ceived ob­jec­tions and, inset, Coun Pa­trick Mar­riott

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