A 4,000 leaflet drop details local concerns

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The battle to save Longridge from being under siege from developers is on a roll as a campaign by residents gathers momentum.

With the logo ‘Love Longridge,’ the Save Longridge Campaign formed by Dilworth residents aims to keep local homeowners updated on the mass develoment plans proposed across the whole area. Headed by resident Andy Williamson, they have organised an initial leaflet drop from a total planned distribution of 4,000.

Almost 400 people have already signed the campaign’s online petition created to object to the proposals by developers Taylor Wimpey, Barratts, Millers and Gladman. Save Longridge aims are to object to the development of Green Belt areas and those of outstanding beauty, support the Longridge Neighbourhood plan led by the town council, support the need to build for the existing population, young, elderly and the rental sector, support the gradual planned development to keep Longridge a sustainable community, but resist the arguments of the major developers to increase new home numbers in Longridge.

The campaign has sites on Facebook and Twitter, its petition is online, it has a hotline on 07872461560, and can be contacted through savelongridge@aol.co.uk.

At Longridge Town Council meeting last week, it was decided its stance on the development proposals would be issued in a statement after the closure of the consultation process on Longridge Neighbourhood Plan.

The council stated: “A press release will follow, but not before the public consultation process reveals what it should say. The initial discussion in council was about having a press release.

“However it was pointed out that that would not be right to pre-empt public consultation.

“Anyone still wishing to express concerns are welcome to address letters to the Council, or to get a blank copy of the Neighbourhood Plan leaflet, as we only had just over 200 forms completed across the whole of Longridge.”