Wray with Botton

New Houses on Bentham Road
As you will have noticed, building has now started on the Bentham Road site (Appletree Barn). The developer, Allan Livesey, who bought the site is building five detached houses here. Three of these will be 3-bed homes, and two will be 4 bed homes.
One of the main objections raised by villagers to the plans centred on the look of the final product. In particular the intention to finish the houses in a crisp white render to give them a ‘modern look’ was felt to be out of place in a traditional stone village, within the Forest of Bowland AoNB, close to a conservation area. The City Council Planners agreed, and a white finish was rejected. This left the final colour of the external render to be agreed at a later date.
However we have been very lucky. Allan and his team come from Sedbergh and are used to working in the Yorkshire Dales national park, and taking account of landscape quality and the context of their developments. So they have decided to upgrade the properties, finishing most of the gables in stone and selecting a render colour that will match it. They are using local suppliers and craftsmen where possible too.
The houses are all going to be built to a high energy-conservation standard, and will have underfloor heating and timber floors. It expected that they will be completed by July and on the market in late Spring. If anyone might be interested in these homes, then talking with the team early on would be sensible as the advertising boards will go up shortly. Just visit the site office. You can also see some early images of what the final development will look like up on the Parish Council notice board at the shop.
Wray with Botton Parish Council


Wray with Botton is a civil parish in the City of Lancaster district in Lancashire.

Wray is situated in a beautiful location in the Lune Valley.

The river Roeburn flows through the Village meeting with the river Hindburn and on into the river Wenning.

Wray is home to the annual Scarecrow festival, which attracts lots of visitors over the May bank holiday, with a giant Scarecrow parade and a Fair on Bank holiday Monday.

There are lots of nearby scenic walks from a tough trek up on the fells, made worth it with fabulous Lake district and Sea views, not to mention views of the three peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Penyghent, to a gentle meander down by the river Roeburn, made famous by the Flood in 1967.  Wray is served with a Post office and general store, the George and Dragon public house, Bridge House Farm Tea rooms and Greenfoot Garden Centre,  a Village Institute which regularly holds Village functions, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Methodist Chapel.

The Parish Council meet on the second Monday of January, March, May, July, September & November at 7.30pm in the Village Institute. The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.


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