THE scheme to develop The Becconsall Hotel site, in Hesketh Bank, is set to get the go-ahead after changes were made to the scheme’s drainage requirements.
Concerns had been raised about the amount of surface water which collected in the site’s car park and where the water would drain to.
But, after consultations with United Utilities, a plan to connect the site’s drainage to an existing sewer system in Station Road has been approved, marking the removal of the last barrier blocking the development which is expected to be approved at a planning meeting this week. The historic Becconsall Hotel, which had served local drinkers since the 19th century, was demolished in February despite a long fight led by the Save The Bec Action Group.
Moves to build 28 homes, including six two-bedroom apartments and 20 detached houses, on the site are now expected to commence within months, with villagers hopeful the plans will address their concerns.
Manchester-based firm Hollins Strategic Land LLP is behind the plan to build the new homes, many of which have been classed as “affordable”.