Rochdale Road land, United Utilities, p Northern Land Agency

With a housing allocation in place, the site will no doubt be of interest for housebuilders looking for land in Lancashire. Credit: via Northern Land Agency

United Utilities looks to sell 14 acres in Rossendale

Situated off Rochdale Road in Bacup, nearly a third of the site is allocated for 63 homes in the area’s local plan.

The Northern Land Agency is marketing the 14-acre plot on United Utilities’ behalf. A guide price has not been disclosed, but the agent is accepting offers on either a conditional or unconditional basis.

Most of the site is grassland, with parts of it fronting Rochdale Road. To the north of the plot is open countryside.

John Dunlop, director of Northern Land Agency, spoke about the site’s location.

“Allocated for 63 units, the site benefits from fantastic visibility and accessibility, close to Bacup Town Centre on Rochdale Road,” he said.

“Located with easy access to Rochdale, Rawtenstall, Burnley as well as Bacup itself, we expect the site to drive strong interest from all residential developers and tenures.”

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Can’t get to see a doctor now in Bacup. Now another 63 houses, it’s crazy.

By Anonymous

Does this land really belong to a privatised company? Or, does it belong to the public who probably paid for it when water companies were publicly owned.

By Anonymous

What about all those lovely trees…surely they can’t be felled???

By Anonymous

Part of the land proposed for development is a wildlife nature reserve. Surely this cannot be approved for planning permission to build homes. The infrastructure is already poor with long delays in and out of the valley.

By Anonymous

So the piece of derelict waste ground next to my house gets sympatheticly designed planning permission rejected because it is “green belt”, but it’s okay to remove a forest and multiple actual green fields. Madness.

By Anonymous

There is no easy access to Rochdale or Rawtenstall. Being a valley, with the amount of road works and traffic lights make commuting very difficult. The infrastructure is just not there to support more houses, more people, more traffic.

By Anonymous

Rossendale roads are at breaking point without increasing traffic. The infrastructure of the Valley can not handle more vehicles. The outrageous potholes, make driving a nightmare and bikes are at a particular risk of injury to the riders. There are limited routes into and out of the Valley, and the ones we have are in a dire condition. This already makes a journey that should take 20 minutes from Rawtenstall to Bacup (there only being a single road for most of it) take 90 minutes. Until alternative road routes are constructed, increased housing should be limited.

By Disgruntled

Lunacy. Development of this land will be fought and objected to by the majority of Bacup residents. Services, schools, healthcare and transport infraction are at absolute capacity, if not massively over. Any further development of the land for housing is nothing more than Big corporate profiteering.

I’d Sir Berry wants to remain the elected member of parliament then here is your call to action!

By mark hillier

@Anonymous 9.22 – no one can get to see a doctor anywhere! But people need homes so gotta build them somewhere. The lack of doctors is purely a political and funding matter.

By J

Can’t build anymore houses until heath centres ,dentists, schools and roads through the valley are adequate, one road to bacup is no good ,

By Anonymous

Leave the valley alone, enough is enough. Houses won’t go to locals just more outsiders. Council don’t care about local communities. Just another suberb of Manchester.

By Anonymous

A location for 100% affordable housing development all day long!

By Bentley Driver

This is madness on 2 levels, firstly letting UU sell off public assets so the debt laiden french controlled company can continue to pay dividends to shareholders is wrong on every level.
Secondly Rossendale does not need more housing, the housing needs statistics continously used by the council are based on arbitary national formulas with slight adjustments based on local population. Time and again RBC use this so called evidence to continue to line the pockets of their development “partners” at the expense of the valleys most valuable rural assets, this is despite Sunak scrapping the house building targets and publicly saying councils should not be developing on green belt. Rossendale’s biggest asset are its beautiful valleys, which need protecting from those who see nothing more than development potential when looking at them.

By JamesC

How the hell can building continue with the useless infrastructure and services

By Peter Barnes

It’s a nature reserve. How can you have permission to build there ?

By Anonymous

There will be no green spaces left soon if the developers and councils get there way

By Anonymous

The amount of road works and traffic lights make commuting very difficult. The infrastructure is just not there to support more houses, more people, more traffic.

By Anonymous

Not a suitable site for further development.

By Anonymous

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