New homes set for Sabden

How Watt Street, Sabden, will look with the new development.
How Watt Street, Sabden, will look with the new development.

THE biggest housing development planned for Sabden in decades has been revealed to villagers.

Plans for the 44-home Cobden Mill development were scrutinised by around 100 people who went along to an open day last week organised by Calico - the Burnley-based social housing company behind the project.

And more than 20 families and individuals registered an interest in moving into the properties.

The development will transform the site of the former Cobden’s cotton mill alongside Sabden Brook which has been largely unused since Contrast Upholstery (later Tetrad) moved out of the village some years ago.

By next April it will have been completely redeveloped into an estate of houses and flats for rent, sale and shared owership, initially available to Sabden people and their families. There will be four two-bedroomed homes, 14 two-bed apartments for over 55s, four three-bedroom homes and one four-bedroom, with rents ranging from £80 to £151 a week. In addition there will be 14 houses for shared ownership and the remainder for sale on the open market with prices ranging from £145,00 for a two-bed to £215,000 for a four-bed.

The development has proved controversial during the planning stage with residents packing public meetings to complain about the strain on the village’s already horrendous traffic and parking problems, and fearing that the infrastructure such as schools, medical facilities, and utilities such as gas, electricity and phone lines will not be able to cope.

But Ribble Valley Borough Council gave the green light to the plans, after some adaptations to the original scheme, including throwing out plans to have some flat roofs on the site and retaining the stone wall around the development on the Pendle Street East side. Work is already well underway and the £5m. scheme is due for completion by next April.

At last Wednesday’s open day when computerised images of how the estate will look were on display, Calico staff were available to answer any questions and staff from Ribble Valley Homes, who will be responsible for allocating the properties, were also taking names of those who expressed an interest.

Calico’s chief executive Mr Mike Birkett said it had been a very successful day with a lot of interest and positive comments from residents.

He said the company wanted to work closely with residents throughout the building process to ensure everything went smoothly.

Once the development is complete there will be a neighbourhood officer attached to it to deal with any issues the residents have.