Public to be consulted on major homes plan

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Plans to build hundreds of new homes in Burnley, as well as create permanent sites for travellers, could become reality after councillors launched a public consultation.

The ambitious Local Plan, set to unleash the biggest development of the borough in decades, will now seek the public’s views on the proposed sites.

As revealed by the Burnley Express on Tuesday, the rural villages of Worsthorne and Cliviger will see the bulk of the housing development, earmarked for greenbelt land.

Early drafts of the plan have earmarked 136 new homes for Red Lees Road,Cliviger, 130 at Butchers Farm, Worsthorne, 64 for Brownside Road, Worsthorne, and a further 53 in Lennox Street.

A large area of greenbelt land near Crow Wood Leisure Centre is also under consideration for 280 new homes as well as in Padiham, while sites in Burnley Wood, Accrington Road and Barden have been identified for permanent traveller camps.

Council leader Coun. Mark Townsend said: “This will be extremely challenging for the people of the borough and we welcome this consultation.

“We want as many people to comment as possible so that our preferred option is the right one.

“It’s all about economic growth and better housing, developing the borough for the next 10 to 15 years as we all want to see it develop.”

There will be a public consultation from August 26th to October 7th with drop-in events at venues across the borough, including public meetings in Cliviger and Worsthorne. People will also be able to comment through the council website.