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Thursday, January 30, 2014

700 new homes proposed for two major sites in West Lancashire

Have your say on planning documents that will guide the development of two major sites where a total of 700 homes will be created.
West Lancashire Borough Council is working on development briefs for Grove Farm, off High Lane, Ormskirk, and land off Firswood Road on the border of Lathom South and Skelmersdale.
Both sites have been allocated for housing in the Council’s new Local Plan, which is the blueprint for how the borough should develop up until 2027 to meet the needs of local people.
The development briefs set out a vision for each site and establish the key principles that should be borne in mind by developers and other interested parties through the development process. They will outline the type and amount of development expected or encouraged by local planning policy, and set out specific issues the Council would wish to see addressed through a planning proposal.
The Council wants to hear your views on the development briefs for these two areas and is organising a public consultation to run from 6 February to 21 March 2014. So you can play a part in making sure these sites are developed in the best possible way.
Councillor Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for planning and Development, said: “We want to hear the views of people living and working in West Lancashire, but particularly in the areas where the developments will take place.  All views received will be considered and will help to guide the preparation of the final development briefs for these sites.”
The Firswood Road site is expected to accommodate 400 new homes before 2027. A key aim for Council officers in the development brief will be to integrate the development with the surrounding residential area to support community cohesion. The new homes will be linked with existing neighbourhoods to the east and south of the site. The document will also guide how the development can assist in the delivery of the proposed linear park connecting Ormskirk and Skelmersdale.
To find out more about the Firswood Road development brief please come along to a drop in session at Skelmersdale Cricket Club on Thursday 20 February between 2pm and 7pm. Officers will be on hand to answer your questions and more information on the document will be available.
Grove Farm is expected to deliver 300 new homes before 2027. The development brief will guide any applicant seeking to develop the site of the opportunities and constraints on the site that they must take account of. These include the management of waste and surface water flows generated by the development can assist in the delivery of the proposed linear park connecting Ormskirk and Burscough.
You can find out more information about the Grove Farm development brief by coming along to a drop-in session at Ormskirk Library on Monday 24 February between 2pm and 7pm. Officers will be available to answer questions.
You can read all the development brief documents and find questionnaires at our planning policy webpage and local libraries, post offices and council offices in the Borough.
Comments can be sent in by following links from our planning policy page, emailing localplan@westlancs.gov.uk or writing to Planning Policy, West Lancashire Borough Council, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, L39 2DF. We cannot accept anonymous comments so please ensure your name and address are supplied.
If you have any questions about the development briefs please call 01695 585284.

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