Proposal to build houses at former pub site edges closer

Proposal to build houses at former pub site edges closer

by Henry James (April 2021)

A PROPOSAL to knock down a former pub in Skelmersdale and build 64 homes has edged closer after further planning documents were submitted to West Lancashire Borough Council.

Further details have been revealed about the plan to build new homes at ORM Works and the former Railway Tavern pub at Railway Road.

The scheme is for 64 dwellings, comprising 55 two storey houses and nine apartments in a three storey block, together with associated roads, infrastructure and landscaping works.

This reserved matters application is for the external appearance, landscaping, layout and scale. The outline planning permission was granted on October 13, 2020.

The application, which has been submitted by Ian and Jeff Hill, who are the owners of Hills Salvage and Recycling in Skelmersdale, would see the derelict Railway Tavern demolished to make way for the homes.

The scheme would provide two, three and four bedroom houses using a range of seven design, and two bedroom apartments, and will provide homes for market sale and affordable homes for sale to a registered provider in accordance with policy, subject to the Vacant Building Credit available in this case.

Vehicular access is taken from Railway Road in the same position as the present site entrance, and is unchanged from the access details approved as part of the outline planning permission.

In the planning statement conclusion for the development, Smith & Love Planning Consultants state: “The submitted details for the approval of the reserved matters of external appearance, landscaping, layout and scale, following the grant of outline planning permission, demonstrate that a high-quality and highly sustainable residential development can be created which makes efficient re-use of this vacant and semi-derelict brownfield site to provide an optimum number and mix of new houses and apartments.

“The scheme has been informed by and designed to accord with the relevant policies of the adopted Local Plan and SPD design guidance, and consequently, having regard to all relevant material considerations. There is a compelling case for planning permission to be granted without delay.”

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