200 homes plans set for ap­proval

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @jamie_lopez1

AL­MOST 200 homes could soon be built on two sites in Burscough. Plans have been put for­ward to build 124 homes on land to the north of Mead­ow­brook as well as a sep­a­rate ap­pli­ca­tion to build an­other 66 off Bri­ars Lane.

Both pro­pos­als will go be­fore the West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil plan­ning com­mit­tee tonight (Thurs­day) and are likely to be ap­proved de­spite lo­cal con­cerns about the suit­abil­ity of the area for new homes as well as the im­pact on ex­ist­ing res­i­dents.

The first plan is for a mix­ture of one, two, three and four bed­room homes built on the land near Mead­ow­brook, with 43 des­ig­nated as “af­ford­able”.

The homes will be de­signed to match those al­ready in the area and will be a com­bi­na­tion of de­tached, semi-de­tached and ter­raced hous­ing, along with a small num­ber of bun­ga­lows.

The ap­pli­ca­tion has been the sub­ject of huge amounts of cor­re­spon­dence from res­i­dents.

Among other is­sues, the most fre­quently cited con­cerns were over the pos­si­bil­ity of in­creased flood­ing and that the land had pre­vi­ously been safe­guarded from de­vel­op­ment.

The plan has also been the sub­ject of sev­eral letters of sup­port to the coun­cil, ar­gu­ing that there is a need for hous­ing in the town.

Many of the letters came from peo­ple who said they have grown up in the area and wanted to buy their own prop­erty here.

Bloor Homes, the devel­oper be­hind the plan, ar­gues that it has con­sid­ered de­tailed feed­back from res­i­dents and fac­tored it into the ap­pli­ca­tion, no­tably by styling the new builds on ex­ist­ing homes.

The ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion states: “The pro­posed type of hous­ing will help to cre­ate a sus­tain­able com­mu­nity where peo­ple can live close to lo­cal ameni­ties and trans­port links. High qual­ity fam­ily hous­ing is ap­pro­pri­ate to the con­text and will meet a lo­cal de­mand for this type of ac­com­mo­da­tion within the area.

Un­der the sec­ond pro­posal, 24 three-bed houses and 30 fourbed houses will be built along with a block of 12 two-bed flats.

The de­vel­op­ment would be built on the land off Bri­ars Lane and is de­scribed by Taylor Wim­pey, the com­pany be­hind the plans, as fea­tur­ing “high qual­ity” homes.

In or­der to build the homes, ex­ist­ing derelict ware­houses would be de­mol­ished and a sec­tion of trees bor­der­ing the neigh­bour­ing canal cut down.

Both plans will go be­fore the plan­ning com­mit­tee tonight and have been rec­om­mended for ap­proval in a re­port pre­pared by the coun­cil’s plan­ning of­fi­cer.

Plans for 124 homes on land off Mead­ow­brook in Burscough

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