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Monday, November 10, 2008 14:22
interesting press article from 2003 re=Green Lane
From the Telegraph & Argus, first published Friday 29th Aug 2003.

RESIDENTS of Green Lane, Glusburn, have won their battle to prevent further development on land next to their homes which they say would increase flooding.

An application to build three homes on the former paddock next to White Abbey had been amended to one house but the scheme was still rejected by Craven District Council's planning committee on Monday.

Christine Thompson, on behalf of the objectors, told members that her home had been flooded four times in as many years and that the lane resembled "Niagara Falls" in heavy rain.

"The water is coming from that site. What prevention can be put in place to stop the heavens opening and the water following its naturally course," she asked.

She added that the residents were concerned about harming the heritage of Glusburn - the area is the oldest part of the village and the cottages date back to the 18th century.

They also stated that the design would be incongruous and unsympathetic to the location.

Coun Philip Barrett backed the objectors, stating that if the development was approved, it would go against the authority's planning policies.

He questioned whether the land was vacant, derelict or underused, saying he believed it was "underused by choice".

The applicant's agent Jo Steele said that there was no planning grounds to oppose the application and that the design of the house took into account flooding in that area and included soakaways.

A previous application for two cottages had been rejected by the council but a planning inspector overturned the decision. Members felt they shouldn't be influenced by this.

Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton said: "To be flooded once is awful, to be flooded four times, it isn't to be contemplated."

Coun Marcia Turner added that she felt the house would be obtrusive on the top of a hill, that the steep drive could become unusable in winter and there was no justification for development.

"Quite frankly I don't think we should be intimidated by the fact the inspectors have said no to us once. I think we should go with our own feelings on this," she said.

The officers, who had recommended the plans for approval, reminded councillors that the site was not in a conservation area and that Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency had not objected to the plans.

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interesting what coun knowles fitton said at the time dont you think!
ps these three houses are now built!

Paul Wilkinson
Monday, November 10, 2008 16:50
Hi Graham, I found another in the Telegraph and Argus archives, this one from 1999 relating to Green Lane and one of the proposed sites in Sutton.


Villages win battle to stop new homes

From the Telegraph & Argus, first published Saturday 3rd Apr 1999.

OBJECTORS to plans for residential development on two separate sites in South Craven were celebrating this week after Craven District Council's planning committee said no to both.

In Glusburn land to the east of Green Lane, Glusburn, had been recommended for inclusion in the local plan for housing by an inspector at a public inquiry but the council rejected his view.

Around 170 letters had been received objecting to the application to develop the Green Lane site, many describing the planned development as "unnecessary houses".

Glusburn parish council commented on the problems with access and exit to and from the site, the only place being via Black Abbey Lane.

It foresaw problems relating to safety, wildlife, concern to existing residents whose properties might be overlooked by any new housing, access for emergency vehicles and the inability of local schools, already said to be at bursting point, to cope with the influx of additional children such a development would inevitably bring.

"The schools are already full to capacity with children travelling from outside the area so where would children from these houses go?" the parish council asked.

Other objections had been received outlining problems with drainage at the end of Institute Street, already a problem during wet weather, and the loss of a facility for the children in the area. Black Abbey Lane, currently a cul-de-sac, is used by children as a play area and its use as an access road was thought to be potentially dangerous.

It was also felt that motorists used Green Lane as a short cut.

"It's a rat-run. People drive along it and into Cononley just to avoid the road humps in Cross Hills," said Coun Joan Ibbotson.

The plans were refused because it was felt the amenity value and character of the area would be destroyed. It was also felt that future housing requirements for at least the next five years would be met through existing land allocations in the area.

Glusburn school wrote to the committee warning it would be affected by any development.

* A scheme for 25 houses on land at Holme Lane, Sutton, which was supported by Sutton parish council, has been turned down by Craven's planning committee.

A letter from the applicants, Britannia Developments Ltd, was read out to the committee stating that the inspector had supported the area for inclusion in the local plan. It added that the wedge of land was more closely linked to the rest of the village than with the adjoining countryside.

However, Coun Steve Place felt the development would undermine the individuality of the village and breach the breathing space between the settlements. Likening the surrounding villages to South Sea islands, he said unlike the South Craven villages, the islands had no threat of losing their identities.

"These islands have the Pacific Ocean to protect them from this, Sutton has two becks," he exclaimed.

Speaking on behalf of the residents of Sutton, Barry Duce, said that the land was currently used as a recreation area for children and for people walking their dogs. He said that wildlife was also under threat. "The elephant hawk moth has been seen on the land and is something of a rarity. Craven Council does not need to sacrifice green wedge to build houses," he said.

The area is also prone to flooding and it was thought any building work could undermine the flood barrier currently in place. There were also said to be two or three ancient graves on the land which should not be disturbed, "just as a ship or sunken aircraft with graves would not be disturbed," it was suggested.

Altogether, 14 letters of objection had been sent to the council mostly concerned with traffic congestion on Holme Lane and the fact that schools could not cope with more children.

It was also felt that there was sufficient land available elsewhere within the local plan without the need to develop further green sites which were located outside development limits.

The committee accepted the views of the residents who saw the field as an important break which maintained the separate identities of the villages of Sutton and Glusburn.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 13:51
I notice that the applicant's agent for the Green Lane site mentioned in the first message is the same agent who appealing against the decision now. J O Steel Consulting based in Bingley.

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