Plans in to convert former farm buildings into homes

Plans in to convert former farm buildings into homes

by Henry James (November 2021)

PLANS have been submitted to demolish and reuse unused agricultural buildings at Holly Fold Farm, Bickerstaffe to create nine homes and a ‘wildlife tower’.

The site, which is in the green belt and countryside, is to the north side of Holly Lane close to Rainford and Skelmersdale.

The aim of the development is to create a development of nine “superior quality homes” in a ‘horse shoe’ set up, with a central ‘courtyard’ parking area and garden. Each home will have a space for safe, secure, convenient bin, cycle and other storage.

There will be a ‘wildlife tower’ following ecological advice and it will house owls, other birds and bats.

This is to be ‘discretely’ located so people can’t access it.

The planning statement for the development states the proposal, “is consistent with all the relevant development plan policies.

It adds: “It will assist the council in boosting its housing supply at this uncertain time. It will deliver excellent quality family homes in a place where people wish to live.”

The aim is that biodiversity will be “protected, diversified and improved” through the planting of new native trees, hedgerow and other planting, bird and bat boxes, and a bespoke ‘wildlife tower.’

It is hoped the project will help to sustain and create local construction jobs and deliver other economic benefits.

The planning document for the application states residents of the new homes will spend their money in the local shops and local services, which will assist “in sustaining the vitality of local shopping centres.”

The planning statement adds that the development makes “efficient use of unused land and buildings; respect for heritage, and local distinctiveness; provision of excellent quality landscaping; preserving and enhancing the intrinsic beauty of the countryside; delivering biodiversity gains; and helping to build the wider community of West Lancashire in a sustainable, balanced fashion.”

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