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  • Whalleys site homes plan recommended for council approval

    Henry James

    PLANS to build 120 homes at land to the north of Cobbs Clough, Whalleys Road, Skelmersdale have been recommended for approval by officers at West Lancashire Borough Council.

    The reserved matters application, submitted by applicant Trafford Housing Trust and L & Q Developments LLP,  will be discussed at the meeting of the council’s planning committee meeting tomorrow (Thursday, January 10).

    The application site relates to a parcel of undeveloped greenfield land in north Skelmersdale, which is next to Ashurst and about 2km north of the town centre.

    This site is one of four parcels of land located in Whalleys and within the Skelmersdale settlement boundary which is allocated for residential development. The site is grassed at the moment and has trees and hedges on its boundaries.

    To the east on Dalton Park (Newton Drive and Newby Drive) there are residential properties and a small play area, separated by dense trees and shrubbery.

    Cobbs Clough woodland is to the south and residential properties (Rowan Lane, Briars Green and Middlewood) beyond.

    There will be access to the site which is directly off an existing roundabout at the junction of Cobbs Brow Lane and Whalleys Road, the principle of which has previously been approved under the outline permission for the site.

    The proposed development would feature 36 detached and semi-detached bungalows offering a mix of two, three and four bedroom properties.

    A total of 36 properties (six x two-bed bungalows, 12 x two-bed semi-detached houses and 18 x three-bed houses) will be provided as affordable homes, equating to 30% of the total number of dwellings proposed.

    All the proposed properites have private gardens and private driveways or garages.

    Outline planning permission for residential development on this site has already been granted for up to 630 dwellings on August 28 2014 and incorporated four parcels of land, together with open space and landscaping.

    This is the third parcel of land to come forward for development and was indicated in the outline permission as Whalleys Site 2.

    In his planning report for the meeting, West Lancs Council’s director of development and regeneration services John Harrison, wrote in summary: “It is considered that the proposed development is acceptable in terms of layout, housing mix, appearance and scale and that the proposed landscaping scheme will assimilate the development into its surroundings.

    “I am satisfied that the proposed development would allow for the provision and retention of reasonable levels of amenity for the occupants of future and neighbouring properties. I find that the proposed development is compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Local Plan in respect of drainage, highways and ecology.”

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