Controversial plans for Whalley housing estate approved

Controversial plans to build 80 new homes in a Lancashire village have been given the go ahead.

Co-operative Estates is to build the development off Hayhurst Road in Whalley in the Ribble Valley.

Local residents opposed the plans, saying they felt their village would become too big and lose its character.

Ribble Valley Borough Council had refused planning permission but that decision has now been overturned by the Planning Inspectorate.

Objections had been put forward from, amongst others, Save Whalley Village Action Group and The Wildlife Trust.

Their concerns involved increased traffic to the area and pedestrian safety issues, as well as the impact on local wildlife.

The Planning Inspectorate said there were no reasons to stop the development, which will include a mix of terraced, semi-detached and detached houses, from going ahead.

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