Local Councillor for Waterside Ward Tony Greaves has called on PEARL – Pendle Council’s joint venture development company – to talk to residents before pressing ahead with plans to build new housing off Carry Lane in Colne. The proposal is part of a scheme to develop land owned by the Peter Birtwistle Trust, an almshouse charity which provides bungalows for older people at the adjoining Peter Birtwistle Close.
The proposed PEARL development is a commercial housing scheme which it is hoped will provide funding towards a separate plan by the charity to build 12 new bungalows on the top part of the site.
Councillor Tony Greaves said: “The current plans are at least the third set that has been put forward by PEARL. There have been serious concerns by residents in Newtown Street and Broken Banks about the impact that the new houses will have on them - and the scheme has been redesigned several times.
“There is some confusion about the new plans, not helped by the fact that the Council’s planning website is not working. I am calling for a round-table discussion between the applicants (Barnfield on behalf of PEARL), the
planners and local residents, with ward Councillors, before the plans go to Committee for a decision.
“The residents are not saying 'no new housing' - they are asking for due consideration on the direct impact on them. Since this is a Council scheme, it’s very important that it is not just pushed through willy-nilly.”