Plans for new homes on pristine Bacup site approved

A bid for a housing estate on agricultural land in Bacup has received planning permission.

Mr Darius Mahdavi has requested 29 houses with associated works on a pristine 1.98 hectare site adjacent to Laneside Cottages, Todmorden Old Road.

The application, which received 16 objections from the public, was approved by Rossendale Council’s Development Control Committee on February 8.

Key areas of concern raised in public representations included brownfields should be built first, traffic and parking, biodiversity/wildlife damage, flood risk, visual amenity and lack of affordable housing.

However, there were no objections from those consulted by the law.

It has been proposed that 10% of the units (three) should be affordable housing, and that there be a clause triggering a higher proportion if the value of sales reaches an agreed level.

Surrounded by stone walls and fences, the site of Green Farm, north of Moorside Crescent, is within the newly changed town limits where the majority of new development is directed via the local plan.

It is offered as part of a larger housing allocation of up to 53 units, to be delivered in the first decade of the plan.

The Head of Planning’s report concluded that the development “would provide substantial benefit in terms of contributing to recognized housing need in a relatively sustainable location, and is appropriate in principle”.

The committee discussed the access point and comments from the road authority, flood risk and trail protection.

A proposal was accepted by seven votes to one that they would be willing to grant conditional planning permission. The determination of the request will henceforth be delegated to the person in charge of town planning and to the president of the committee.

An appropriate Section 106 agreement to ensure delivery of the proposed affordable housing on site and contribution to off-site public open space and off-site biodiversity/habitat enhancement should be in place within eight weeks.

Restrictions limiting early morning deliveries to the site during the construction phase and ensuring that all public footpaths remain accessible for the life of the development have also been stipulated.

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