Anger as trees felled at homes site at historic Burnley house

Coal Clough House. (s)
Coal Clough House. (s)

NEIGHBOURS and a community group are angry that a number of trees have been felled around a historic Burnley house in preparation for a new housing development.

Eight homes will be built on land near to the 17th Century Coal Clough House after Burnley Council’s Development Control Committee approved plans.

However, members of Coal Clough Community Group are angry that trees, protected by a preservation order, were cut down without permission.

Barry Joyce, committee member, said: “I am speaking on behalf of the residents living around Coal Clough House who have seen fully grown trees disappear within the grounds, some of the trees in question are more than 100 years old and were protected.

“The developers have however been told they have to replace them with saplings which obviously the developers will do but placing them to come within their plans. We will not see the benefit of them to how the other trees were in our lifetime. We at the community group find it hard enough to try to better the area without big business coming in and doing what it likes.”

Burnley Council accepted several trees were removed before permission was granted, but said two trees removed recently had permission.

The spokesman said: “Two trees that were dying or in very poor condition have been removed as per the planning permission agreement. The agent acting on behalf of the applicant gave the council notice the work would be carried out and our trees officer visited the site and agreed the two trees were in poor condition and dying.

“We’re not aware they’re doing anything more than what they applied for and were granted planning permission for.

“Substantial tree cover was removed from the site before the planning permission for the houses was granted. When the application was considered, the council’s Development Control Committee imposed a planning condition requiring extensive tree planting to be undertaken as part of the development, to compensate for the previous losses.”

Work is still being undertaken on the main disused building and this latest approval will see two detached four-bedroom, four detached three-bedroom and one pair of semi-detached three-bedroom properties built on the land.

The application has been amended twice since it was first submitted with the number of proposed houses reduced from 14 to 10 and then from 10 to eight.