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Monday, February 02, 2015

Yew Tree Farm Masterplan to help create new homes and jobs has been adopted

New homes, jobs and community facilities are all part of a Masterplan to make West Lancashire an even better place to live.

Yew Tree Farm in Burscough has been allocated for development in West Lancashire Borough Council’s Local Plan. This provides planning guidance on where new housing, employment sites and leisure facilities should be located within the borough up until 2027, for the benefit of people who live and work there.

West Lancashire Borough Council’s Yew Tree Farm Masterplan will ensure the Yew Tree Farm site is developed in the best possible way for Burscough and West Lancashire.

People in Burscough and West Lancashire helped shape the Masterplan by giving their views through public consultations on a draft plan and now the Borough Council has formally adopted the document.

The Masterplan designates what type of development is expected be delivered on the site, which includes:

  • Housing – At least 500 homes for the current Local Plan period and up to a further 500 if needed for the future
  • Specialist housing for the elderly – 20% of housing should meet the needs of elderly people
  • Affordable housing – 35% should be affordable housing
  • Employment – 11 hectares of land (a total area roughly the size of 11 football pitches) for the current Local Plan period and another nine to be safeguarded for employment developments if needed for the future
  • Community facilities that cannot be delivered or supported in Burscough town centre
  • Public Open Space – About five hectares to be earmarked for public open space, to include a large park facility, allotments and an important stretch of the proposed linear park to link Ormskirk and Burscough that must be delivered through the site

To see a copy of the full Masterplan please visit Yew Tree Farm.

Councillor Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for Planning and Development, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has given us their views and comments on the Yew Tree Masterplan and helped us put together this vital document.

“New homes and jobs can benefit us all. We firmly believe this document will help the Council make sure developments on Yew Tree Farm provide the maximum benefits for people in Burscough and West Lancashire as a whole.”

The Masterplan also states where each type of development should go and when it should be delivered.

It says what area of the site should be developed up to 2027, the lifespan of the current Borough Council Local Plan. It also designates what land within the Yew Tree Farm site should be safeguarded from development to meet future development needs beyond this Local Plan. One area of land being safeguarded until after 2027 has been set aside for a new primary school, should one be needed.

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