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Plans to build homes on closed factory site

Plans to build homes on closed factory site

by Henry James (October 2021)

HOUSES will be built on a former industrial site in Burscough if plans are approved.

Plans have been submitted to redevelop the former Universal Bulk Handling factory site on Orrell Lane, Burscough and build 60 homes on the land.

The company, which used to produce tank containers, closed in 2019.

The plans have been put together by Pegasus Group on behalf of Prospect Homes in support of a full planning application.

The proposals include a mix of three and four bed properties across eight house types, and a new access point from Orrell Lane.

There will be 27 properties which will be appropriate for older people. No affordable housing is included in the proposed development.

The site is close to Burscough town centre and there are currently residential properties to the east and the south of the site.

The planning statement for the application states: “The proposed development will provide significant benefits to the area, providing a range and mix of housing in a sustainable location, and the efficient reuse of vacant brownfield land.

“The site is a highly sustainable location close to Burscough town centre and an attractive location, given its proximity to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to the south and open countryside to the north.

“In addition, this statement and other supporting documents have demonstrated that the proposals will contribute towards the economic, social, and environmental objectives of sustainable development, without generating any significant impacts.

“On balance therefore, in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework, there are no adverse impacts which outweigh the benefits of the proposals and as such there is a presumption in favour of development and permission should be granted for these proposals.”

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