PADIHAM: 100 new homes plan is resubmitted

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a complex of 100 homes, sheltered accomodation scheme and business units in the heart of Padiham have been re-submitted months after an appeal for the same site was rejected by a planning inspector.

Amended proposals, for the former Riley’s Snooker site between Station Road and Green Lane, have been put in to Burnley Council’s planning department by Renaissance Padiham Ltd but conservationists in the town have already voiced their opposition saying Padiham’s infrastructure is not big enough to support the development.

They claim there is sufficient employment space in Padiham with the former Baxi site and said there are already too many empty homes in the town.

Mrs Carol Stinton, of Project Padiham, said: “How many derelict sites are we going to have? Padiham doesn’t have the infrastructure. The schools are full, the medical centre is full. Where are these people going to go?

“We are against this proposal. It’s going to be like a little village. There are that many houses in Padiham standing empty. It’s also right on the border with Padiham Greenway.”

Last year Muller Renaissance Padiham applied to build 136 homes and 47 units of sheltered accommodation. After the bid was refused a public inquiry was launched after the applicant appealed, but a planning inspector ruled against the plans.

Inspector Wenda Fabian said she had three main issues with the proposals – the effect of the proposed development on employment land provision in Padiham, the effect on housing market renewal efforts and the visual impact on the area.

Another previous application for the site in 2008 by the same developers was also refused. It was occupied by snooker giants Riley’s between 1984 and 1998 and later by engineering firm J.F. Turkington.

A decision on the development is expected to be made in March.