Residents have spoken of their ‘deflation’ after a six year battle to stop a housing development ended in defeat.
Christchurch Residents Group have been campaigning against proposals to build on the former Hill Top care home site in Baxenden since 2009.
Their campaign came to an end last week when the proposal to create eight semi-detached and four detached homes at the site off Newton Drive and Manchester Road was approved by planning bosses.
Anne McEvoy, secretary of the residents group, said: “It is an end and a sad end. We are wondering were the decision leaves us really. We have been fighting applications on the site since 2009, in that time one application was withdrawn, another was defeated and now this one has been approved.
“We believed our case was very strong and there were numerous objections including from Historic England. This will hit the conservation area.”
The developer was unavailable for comment, but agent Ian Grice said the plan had been put together over 18 months to make sure it was vibale. He added that more than £440,000 would be ‘pumped into the economy’ and the scheme will provide 20 local trade employees and two apprentices.