Chance to have your say on plan for 500 homes

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Five hundred homes could be built on land known as Higgins Brook off Chipping Road in Longridge – and developers Barratt Homes wants to know what local people think of its plans.

Details are to be displayed at Longridge Heritage Centre this coming Friday. March 28, from 3pm to 7pm, when 
Barratt team members will be on hand to talk people through what they are planning, 
listen to views and answer questions.

Feedback forms will also be available for local residents to complete and let their views be known.

Those unable to attend can find out more via the project website,, which will launch the day of the exhibition, or by calling a dedicated community information line on 0844 566 3002 on Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm.

The exhibition of the draft proposals and obtaining local comments is prior to Barratt Homes submitting an application for the site to Ribble Valley Council.

The firm states that the plans will deliver high-quality homes, offering a range of housing types and sizes, from two to five bedrooms.

“This will include 30 per cent affordable housing to respond to identified local needs, such as the elderly, key workers, such as teachers or nurses, as well as first-time buyers and families struggling to get their foot on the 
property ladder,” the company states.

It feels the Higgins Brook site is an ideal location to deliver the new homes that the borough needs and it recognises the unique character of Longridge and has designed its draft proposals to complement the character of the town and integrate with the surrounding area.

New public spaces will be created, the ecological environment enhanced by creating new habitats for local wildlife, extensive landscaping provided with trees and hedgerows retained throughout.

Andrew Brown, senior land manager for Barratt Homes, said it was vital new homes were built in the right place.

He added: “We believe the right place for Longridge is at Higgins Brook, which was considered a suitable and sustainable location for housing development by the council when it identified potential land for new homes.”