Homes on former pub site

A former Cotmanhay pub is to be demolished to make way for nine homes, despite fears from neighbours that they will be overlooked.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the plan for the Peacock Inn building in Peacock Place, off Church Street.

But residents, including Lorraine Thornley, who lives in a bungalow in Rossendale, fear they will lose privacy and daylight.

“The proposed site will be considerably higher than us,” said Mrs Thornley at the meeting on Wednesday,

“We will completely lose our privacy if we are upstairs and our Velux window is open.

“It is an invasion of our privacy.”

Derby-based Chevin Homes asked for permission for nine two-storey, two- and three-bedroom homes.

Mrs Thornley added: “I don’t see why they can’t be single-storey bungalows.

“Ninety-nine per cent of residents on Rossendale are pensioners – it is quiet and private at the moment.

“This build will change that.”

But during discussions, councillors, said they liked the designs of the homes.

Cllr Donna Briggs said they were ‘lovely’: “When I visited the site today I did think ‘only nine’ – they are being spaced out quite well.”

Chevin Homes director Dan Stack said after the meeting he was ‘pleased’ and hopes to start work on the homes towards the end of this summer.