Proposed development at Dearden Clough
After many months of opposition to the proposed development on Dearden Clough we are pleased to advise that the Planning Inspectorate has upheld the decision of the Rossendale Borough Council Planning Department not to approve the plans submitted by the developers.
The principal reasons given by the Planning Inspectorate were:-
- the risk to land stability (particularly in relation to Dearden Fold properties) and without any measures proposed to ensure this did not happen,
- adverse impact on availability of on street parking on Bury Road and surrounding area
- risk to safety in respect of site access provisions
- flood risk to properties proposed to be built on Dearden Clough
We understand that the dev elopers can still make challenge the Inspectorate decision if they consider that proper procedures were not followed or there has been an error in law. The challenge must be made within 6 weeks of the decision date. In the vent that any challenge is accepted the planning application rejection does not get overturned but the application reverts to the Planning Inspectorate to be considered again.
The recent decision is one which has brought great relief to the residents of Dearden Fold and Bury Road and thanks are extended to Jake Berry MP, Councillors Anne Cheetham and Darryl Smith, Edenfield Village Residents Association and all others who have supported us both in writing and on the ground in this campaign.