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Skelmersdale social club earmarked for demolition

Plans for 18 new homes have been sent to West Lancashire Borough Council

Shannon's Social Club Skelmersdale Park Squash Club, Spencers Lane, Digmoor. Plans for demolition of the existing social club building and development of 18 new dwellings.

Shannon’s Social Club on Spencer Lane could be demolished to make way for 18 new homes if plans are approved.

West Lancashire Borough Council received an application for the old squash club site from Technical Building Limited on July 25.

The developers are looking to build six three-bedroomed houses, eight two-bedroomed houses and four two-bed apartments.

Shannon's Social Club Skelmersdale Park Squash Club, Spencers Lane, Digmoor. Plans for demolition of the existing social club building and development of 18 new dwellings.
 

In the design and access statement the agent, Michael Cunningham Architects, refers to a previous planning application’s report on the usage of the club.

It states: “The social club has been operating on a very low key basis due to the location and condition/ character of the building which limits the number of customers.

“This together with the economic situation has seen a gradual and significant reduction in business over a number of years.

“This has now reached a point where the premises cannot continue to operate. It is explained there would be a very low level loss of employment.”

Currently the site has 25 car parking spaces and the new proposals do not intend to change that number.

Shannon's Social Club Skelmersdale Park Squash Club, Spencers Lane, Digmoor. Plans for demolition of the existing social club building and development of 18 new dwellings.

Technical Building Limited say that they intend to design the new homes in keeping with the area’s existing buildings and also intend to improve the street area.

Michael Cunningham Architects added: “The proposals aim to remove a currently redundant building, replacing it with four residential blocks more suited to the location, setting and use.

“The proposals have been carefully designed to reflect the local environment, taking influence from the buildings seen with the locality.

“We have also carefully considered local policy and the local users of the area.”

If you wish to comment on the plans email plan.apps@westlancs.gov.uk no later than September 12 quoting 2014/0812/FUL.

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