Sep 5 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
AN application for 86 housing units to be built on land by Liverpool Road South and Abbey Lane, Burscough, is to go before council tonight.
The outline planning application is for residential development of the site and an indicative site layout plan has been provided.
The proposed access is off Liverpool Road South.
The council officers in their report state that in principle the development of the site for housing is supported.
There have been five previous applications for residential development of the site, all of which were withdrawn.
A neighbour representation has been made about the application.
The neighbour has concerns over access and suggests a roundabout would be more suitable.
They also suggest that the site is contaminated and not suitable for residential development.
Representations have also been made by the company that operate the Abbey Lane household refuse site to the south of the proposed development.
They are concerned with the appropriateness of the layout in terms of how near the houses will be to their site.
They state theirs is a noisy site that could cause disruption to residents.
The application site is a former landfill site.
Following the extraction of clay, the base of the excavation formed two large ponds of which one remains today.
There are some concerns as the other pond to the north of the site was filled with tannery waste and other inert materials.
The landfill site to the east of the proposed development is also giving off landfill gas including methane and carbon dioxide which is of some concern even with the deep seal clay constructed to create a barrier to the gas.
The application goes to planning committee tonight.