‘Save Longridge’ petition is out for area ‘under siege’

Land off Dilworth Lane, Longridge which has earmarked for more than 600 homes
Land off Dilworth Lane, Longridge which has earmarked for more than 600 homes
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Six hundred petition leaflets delivered to local homes mark the next phase of the ‘Save Longridge’ battle against over-development.

Started two weeks ago by campaigning group Dilworth Voice and now gaining hits on Facebook and Twitter, the campaign’s petition was launched at the weekend in Dilworth Ward by councillors Ken Hind and Rupert Swarbrick.

They call for all residents to sign the petition and protect the town which they state is ‘under siege’ by developers. The petition will be handed to the borough council urging it to stand firm on numbers of homes to be built in Longridge in its plan for development of the whole borough up to 2028.

The plan, or Core Strategy, and the Longridge Neighbourhood Plan now in preparation, led by Longridge Town Council and to be approved via a referendum by residents, would provide defences against demands for excessive development.

Coun Hind said: “The solution for Longridge residents? Sign the petition, support the Longridge Neighbourhood Plan, plan homes for existing residents, flats for young singles, bungalows plus adapted accommodation for the elderly, take back into use flats above shops, and make sure that rental properties as well as family houses are available.

“Also necessary is economic development and job creation, improving infrastructure, roads, schools, health care and utilities.”

Councillors Hind and Swarbrick will stress the need for the borough to stand firm when the Core Strategy working group meets tomorrow (Thursday), will call for Longridge Town Council’s support this evening (Wed) and seek a public meeting to explain to Longridge people the nature of the crisis that potentially could engulf them.