Decision deferred on homes plan beset by increased flooding fears
A DECISION on a controversial proposal to build homes on a flooding hotspot has been deferred after no decision was reached.
Hurstwood Holdings had applied to Rossendale council for outline planning permission to build 30 homes on Johnny Barn Close, Higher Cloughfold.
A total of 104 letters of objection were received, many citing fears that more houses would increase the flood risk in the area, which has been badly hit by past storms.
Planning officers had recommended the plan for approval, but at a meeting of Rossendale’s development control committee this week, members were split on the proposal, and instead voted to defer a decision until the next meeting.
Speaking for the application, agent Michael Gilbert said: “There is a serious and significant need for more housing to be approved in Rossendale. The plan is suitable and deliverable for up to 30 dwellings.
“Failure to approve this application will work against and undermines the local plan. It will reduce the flooding if not deal with it altogether.”
Speaking against the application at the meeting on behalf of the Johnny Barn Cottages Residents Association, Keith Girling said: “The applicant and planning manager are in denial as to the catastrophic effect of flood water from that site.”
Planning manager Nicola Hopkins said: “The scheme is considered to be acceptable.”
Committee member Coun Jimmy Eaton said: “I would move that we defer this application until we get further information regarding flooding risk, and peace of mind that they have gone down all channels to resolve the problem.”