HOUSING DEVELOPMENT REFERRED TO PLANNING COMMITTEE

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The development of farmland east of the village has been referred to the NCC Planning Committee following consideration of public responses, and technical issues related to ecological survey and water drainage.

The reasons for these may be read at length on the Planning Website – follow the links to this story in the December 2017 section of Lowick Live’s News.

The text of the Planning Officer’s recommendation, which was endorsed by the Chair of the Committee, can be read HERE: 17-04394-OUT Chair Referral.

The minutes of the meeting of the Council will be published later this week, after approval.

At the meeting, Mr Colgan explained why other sites on his farm had been rejected, due to costs and access issue. He explained that plots were expected to start at £70,000 each, and that 4 of the houses would be “low cost”.

The Parish Council were concerned about the size and location of the development, the existence of 12-13 plots for similar homes which had not been built on due to lack of demand, and the lack of proposals for any of the homes to be available as affordable rented accommodation, in line with current policies.

Further information can be found on the quoted sources.

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