OPTIONS on how to develop the Yew Tree Farm site in Burscough are to go before the public for a six-week consultation.
West Lancashire Borough Council has produced a document laying down the options for the site ready for the formal consultation that will begin on February 6 and run until March 21.
The West Lancashire Local Plan that came into effect in October last year allocated land between the Burscough housing area and the industrial estate for development to meet the future needs of the borough.
500 homes and employment land will be provided on the site with associated infrastructure, including a new primary school.
The Yew Tree Farm masterplan will set out where the housing and employment development should go.
It will also illustrate where community infrastructure such as open space and education provision should be sited. The aim is that the final site should become a sustainable part of the Burscough settlement that will contribute to the community and the local economy.
The plan will also set out which parts of the site should be safeguarded for future use, meaning the land cannot be developed before 2027.
The council expects the plan to be adopted in October and work on developing the Yew Tree site expected to begin next year.
The options document sets out four options for the development of the site, each with a different design concept, it also provides an overview of the key issues associated with the site and the pros and cons of each option.
During the consultation responses are encouraged from the public and other groups that will help in creating a final proposed option.
The first option allows for the site to be developed in a radial way, starting with the focus in the north-east corner of the site closest to the town centre and radiating towards the western side of the site.
The majority of the development will be near the existing homes along Liverpool Road and the Truscott Estate, picking up on the existing local character.
The second option identifies a central focus within the site so the new development creates a true sense of place within itself with the infrastructure being drawn towards a central feature, such as a park or village green.
Local facilities including shops and community space will be concentrated around the central focus point with development decreasing in density to the site’s edges.
The third option is a linear concept. The main features of this option are the avenues that run through the site creating links with the employment area. The majority of the development would be concentrated along main avenues.
The final option is clusters of development interspersed with areas of green space, each cluster has the potential to have its own character. The density of development would be spread evenly and the large amount of open space leads to the perception of a pleasant area.