THE fate of a scheme to store nearly 150 caravans on green belt land near Edenfield will be resolved by councillors next week.
Plans have been lodged with Rossendale Borough Council by Mr R Nuttall for a site between Blackburn Road and Hardsclough Lane.
The package failed to find favour with planning officers, who believe the caravans would look out of place in the countryside setting and have recommended the proposals be refused.
But Mr Nuttall has won the support of Edenfield councillors Darryl Smith and Ann Cheetham, who feel that the idea would bring a redundant site back into use.
Coun Smith says it it unlikely that the rural site will ever be suitable for housing, and that there are no comparable facilities elsewhere within the valley.
In a letter to planners, he added: “The proposed facility could be a valuable asset not only in the local area but Rossendale and surrounding (areas).
“At a time of economic difficulties we believe there is a real possibility to allow a local farm to diversify and secure its long-term future and also possibly create employment opportunities locally.”
Regeneration officers at the council have also opposed Mr Nuttall’s intentions, claiming that alternative sites, such as the former Mayfield Chicks land nearby or other sites in Haslingden and Helmshore, with hardstandings, would be better locations for the caravans.
The plans will be debated at a meeting of Rossendale council’s development control committee, at Hardman’s Mill, Rawtenstall, on Monday.