Set in the shadow of the Forest of Bowland AONB, an urban extension to the Lancashire town of Longridge, in the Ribble Valley, demanded more than just housing. This proposal provides the blueprint for a high-quality community, delivering 363 market and affordable homes, including homes for the elderly, a new replacement cricket ground, a primary school, a pedestrian and cycle loop and extensive areas of public open space.
What started out, at pre-application stage, as a large-scale urban extension delivering over 500 new homes, that aroused objection from both the local community and local planning authority, became a development that would deliver real community benefits. Extensive community and stakeholder engagement over a number of months, through a forum established by the developer, led to significant changes to the scheme that ultimately resulted in approval at the local level.
- 25 hectare site area
- 363 homes (30% affordable)
- New cricket ground, including a pavilion, car parking, practice nets and ancillary facilities
- A single-entry primary school.
- Play areas and naturalistic public open space
- Extensive tree planting re-established historic field patterns with improved hedgerows
The overall amount of housing was reduced and green infrastructure and tree planting was increased. The proposals will deliver a new replacement cricket ground for the community, a new single-entry primary school to meet the needs of the development in a sustainable manner, provide the completed section of the ‘Longridge Loop’, a pedestrian and cycle route around the town, and deliver extensive areas of public open space. All of this is to be delivered within walking distance of the town centre and its associated services, meaning that Barratt Homes’ scheme for Longridge will be a truly sustainable urban extension.