A controversial planning application to construct 27 homes in Huncoat has been rejected by council planning chiefs.
The application by Morris Homes to build the family houses on land off Foxwood Chase, Huncoat was rejected at a planning committee meeting on Wednesday, December 10.
The proposal had been recommended for refusal at an earlier meeting on November 5, but a decision was deferred by committee members to allow them more time to consider new evidence put forward by the developers.
An altered scheme went before committee and council officers had recommended it for approval subject to 23 conditions. A report to Hyndburn’s planning committee said: “Officers have assessed the development in terms of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and have concluded that as a whole the development constitutes sustainable development.
“The scheme will deliver high quality family housing within the short term, in addition to the provision of affordable housing and contributions towards public open space and woodland creation within the Borough.
“The scheme will make an important contribution of 27 units towards the Council’s persistent under supply of housing and although the proposal involves the loss of a large area of woodland including area of semi natural habitat, the applicant has now demonstrated that the losses will be mitigated on site where possible, and compensated for off site by way of a commuted sum to replace the trees to be lost on a two for one basis.”
However councillors voted unanimously to reject the proposal which had attracted 130 objections.
Coun Dave Parkins, who sits on the planning committee and moved for the application to be rejected, said: “It was turned down unanimously due to loss of habitat and amenity. I would like to thank residents for their work raising awareness of this application, holding meetings and giving out letters.
“It is a good result and residents will be very pleased.”