Aug 15 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
Scarisbrick warehouse to be demolished and homes built in its place
A PLANNING application for the 3663 office in Scarisbrick to be demolished and homes built in its place has been submitted to West Lancashire Borough council.
The outline planning application proposes that 33 homes be built on the site at the western side of Southport Road, Scarisbrick, meaning the distribution centre would be flattened.
The company employs in excess of 100 people at the site, including drivers, call centre staff and cold store operatives.
However, the company has decided that the site is “exceedingly dated” and “inefficient to operate” and is planning to close the warehouse.
The design and access statement states: “The small size of the cold store buildings, the lack of room within the site to expand, the excessive costs associated with upgrading the refrigeration plant and racking and the relative inefficiency of operating the site by comparison to bespoke, modern distribution centres, have led to a company decision to close the site.”
Distribution work will be taken on by a larger distribution centre and office staff will be relocated to office premises in the local area.
In the applicant’s view, redevelopment of the site has become “a necessity” and that it is “simply unviable for the site to continue in its present use.”
The land is Green Belt land but developers believe homes will cause less impact than the existing warehouse.
Developers have proposed two schemes, one with 11 dwellings and the other with between 33-37 homes. The developer is planning to keep the trees that border the site, many of which are the subject of a tree preservation order.
Although the design and access statement says: “some thinning and replanting is considered appropriate, especially on the Eastern side boundary.”
The level and type of traffic using the site will significantly change as large lorries and HGV traffic that residents have previously complained about will no longer be travelling to and from the site.