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Hundreds of homes planned for Hesketh Bank

275 homes are proposed for the former Alty's Brickworks

The planning proposal for the alty brickworks in Hesketh Bank

Hundreds of homes are due to be built at Hesketh Bank if planning permission goes ahead.

275 houses are proposed for the former Alty’s Brickworks site on land off Station Road in Hesketh Bank.

The extensive plans include a mixture of two and three-bedroom houses as well as five-bedroom luxury homes, with a variety of landscaping.

The plans were initially submitted last year where they faced fierce opposition from Hesketh Bank residents, who claimed the rural infrastructure was unable to support any further development.

A period of consultation with residents was undertaken and now the plans have been resubmitted to West Lancashire Borough Council, with a decision expected in September.

The site in question is irregular in shape and divided into three distinct areas.

There is a restored landscape to the north, including a fishing lake and woodland.

In the centre is a brownfield area, containing an assortment of commercial and industrial use, most notably Alty’s builder’s yard, and lying to the south is a green field area which is made up of a series of small scale fields, which are currently grazed by cattle.

The West Lancashire Light Railway is located in the north of the site, which currently attracts tourists to the area. There were fears that the railway was under threat from this development but developers, Persimmon said they will attempt to enhance this feature in their plans.

Developers have conducted several meetings with the council resulting in more open space being incorporated into the design and fewer houses planned, to break up the driveways in the central block.

Neighbours of the site are still concerned about the plans however with many of them sending letters into the council protesting about the development.

Nicholas Wright wrote: “I have been a resident in the villages of Hesketh Bank 14 years, during this time there have been many new housing projects, Meadoway, The Green, Poppyfields and Becconsall Gardens to name a few.

“I strongly object to the application on the grounds of traffic infrastructure. Hesketh Lane is the only one main road running in and out of the village, this road is already well over capacity and extremely busy during the majority of the day, the additional traffic that the proposed development will bring will only worsen this situation, and in my opinion create an safety issue.”

Other residents have also expressed concerns about over subscription of local schools and doctor’s surgeries.

What do you think about the plans? Email sophie.mccoid@trinitymirror.com

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