Friday, March 1, 2024

Plans for Phase 1 of the Digmoor Revival Project have been approved

Plans for Phase 1 of the Digmoor Revival Project have been approved


The project at Blythewood and Banksbarn in Skelmersdale is split into two phases and will see the building of 45 new affordable homes.  

Phase 1 involves the building of a new block of 12 apartments at the entrance to Blythewood. The Council’s building company, Tawd Valley Developments Ltd, is to deliver the scheme. Phase 2, which was approved at Full Council on February 28, will include the demolition of some existing and outdated flats.  

A planning application for Phase 1 was submitted back in October 2023 following positive feedback from adjacent residents and the Council. In their comments, they welcomed the development as ‘good for the area and wider West Lancashire’. 


Building work on Phase 1 is scheduled to start in summer 2024 and is expected to be completed by summer 2025. The new homes are designed to reflect modern needs, and are built of a timber frame construction, meeting current and future building regulations. They will comprise of 12 apartments (9 x 1 bedroom and 3 x 2 bedrooms). 


Councillor Nicola Pryce-Roberts, portfolio holder for Housing said: "The Digmoor regeneration programme is moving at pace and it is great that we can now look forward to construction on Phase 1 getting under way, and a planning application submission for Phase 2. 


"The project will allow for demolition of the old blocks so the new, modern properties can replace them. It is an exciting time, especially for residents who will be able to benefit from the modern, affordable homes. " 



 Additional information:

·       The homes will be energy efficient and will have an energy rating of high B or A. 

·       The plans will comply with current planning policy and space standards. 

·       The new homes will be owned and managed by WLBC. 

·       Rents will be in line with Local Housing Allowance 

·       The new homes will help residents by reducing energy consumption therefore lower bills. 

·       The new homes to include air source heat pumps, electric car charging points and solar panels to help power the communal areas. 

·       The development will enhance biodiversity to include bird and bat boxes, new hedgerows for habitat forging, planting of new native trees / shrubs and sensitive lighting design