Setback for five homes application

COUNCILLORS have recommended refusal of plans to build five homes on land behind 125 Longfield Road, Todmorden.

Members of Todmorden Town Council’s development committee voted against the application by Mr L Mitchell for a linear roadside development due to it being on a greenfield site, concerns about poor road access and the stability of the land.

Committee chairwoman Coun Anne James said: “It’s a very steep road. The access is absolutely terrible. “

Coun Frank McManus said: “In my opinion, it’s totally impractical.”

The town council received two letters of objection in connection with the application.

Concerns raised in the letters included the stability of the land due to a nearby landfill site, the steepness of the road and the loss of privacy for existing residents in the area.

An application submitted earlier in 2011 for ten properties was refused due to the homes not being in character with the area.

The land stability at the site was also considered to be a concern and there were worries about access.