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Residents invited to have their say on phase one of the new Barrowford homes

Northern-based homebuilder and place maker Northstone is inviting local residents to have their say on proposals to deliver around 250 new homes at Trough Laithe in Barrowford, Pendle.

Outline planning permission was granted for the delivery of up to 500 new homes at this site in 2016.

Northstone, part of Peel L&P, is consulting on proposals to deliver the first phase of the development, which includes additional details such as design, landscaping, layout and scale.

Northstone’s planning application seeks to deliver around 250 homes in the southern half of the site, with access taken from Riverside Drive in-line with the outline planning consent.

The plans will deliver a range of property types and sizes to suit local housing needs, from starter homes to larger family homes as well as homes for those looking to downsize. Furthermore, 20% of the proposed new homes will be affordable to assist those struggling to afford rent or a deposit for a suitable property.

Northstone, which launched in October 2018, aims to create exceptional homes, stylish environments and places for modern living for future generations.

Northstone’s proposals feature homes led by great design and embrace smart living with options to switch living and kitchen/dining areas to the front or back of the house and automate heating and electricity to save residents money on their energy bills.

Outside, pedestrian-led streets will help to reduce traffic speeds for children to play more safely while pocket parks and mature landscaping throughout the development will create a sense of community and attract a range of wildlife to the development and surrounding countryside.

Homes will also feature super-fast broadband and allow for electric vehicle charging points to be installed.

The Barrowford development will complement the surrounding countryside and replicate the existing structure of the valley’s fields.

Plans will also deliver improved pedestrian and cycle links for the existing community via the site. New footpaths and cycle links will be woven into the proposals, while a tree-lined footpath at the north of the site will provide a centrepiece offering views across the valley. 

The delivery of new homes will provide an economic boost for the local area, with new residents increasing footfall for nearby shops and businesses. The scheme will also create new employment opportunities during the construction phase, both directly and indirectly through the supply chain.

Pendle Council will benefit from an increase in council tax revenue generated from the new homes, and receive a New Homes Bonus payment, which is an incentive payment from the Government to councils to support the building of homes. This money can be used to support and invest in vital public services.

As part of the outline planning permission granted in 2016, Northstone will contribute up to £1.3m to support local school provision while £250,000 will be provided for highway improvements at Junction 13 of the M65. To accommodate the additional traffic generated by the development, as well as traffic to and from Riverside Business Park and the proposed expansion of Lomeshaye Industrial Estate, an off-site highway improvement scheme has already been delivered by Lancashire County Council to enhance the capacity of two roundabouts.

Jonathan England, Northstone’s Development Director, explains what Northstone wants to achieve at Trough Laithe: “Our vision for Trough Laithe in Barrowford is to provide a high-quality, distinctive development which complements the surrounding area and provides much-needed local housing.

“By working with local people, we believe we can build homes and communities which residents can be proud of and all feedback we receive will help to shape our plans prior to the submission of a planning application.”

Public consultation details:

Local residents are invited to view the proposals and provide feedback by visiting the consultation website at www.newhomesforpendle.co.uk. Alternatively, members of the public can view the proposals which will displayed at Barrowford Library, Ann Street, Barrowford, Nelson, BB9 8QH from Saturday 16th November until Saturday 30th November.

The public consultation will run from Monday 11th November to Sunday 1st December. In addition to visiting the consultation website, residents can also provide feedback by calling the dedicated Community Information Line (Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm): 0844 556 3002, or by emailing newhomesforpendle@havingyoursay.co.uk

Northstone is due to start on its first site of 150 homes in Westhoughton, Bolton this month after planning consent was granted in October.

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