Feb 6 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
PLANS for 700 homes at Grove Farm and Firswood Road are being drawn up by West Lancashire Borough Council.
The council is encouraging people to have their say on the documents that will guide the development of the sites in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale.
Both sites have been allocated for housing in the Council’s new Local Plan, which is the blueprint for how the borough should develop up until 2027 to meet the needs of local people.
The development briefs set out a vision for each site and establish the key principles that developers should keep in mind. They outline the type and amount of development expected or encouraged by local planning policy, and set out specific issues the Council would wish to see addressed through a planning proposal.
The Council is organising a public consultation to run from February 6 to March 21, 2014.
Councillor Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for planning and development, said: “We want to hear the views of people living and working in West Lancashire, but particularly in the areas where the developments will take place. All views received will be considered and will help to guide the preparation of the final development briefs for these sites.”
The Firswood Road site is expected to accommodate 400 new homes and the council is hoping to integrate the development with existing homes to support community links.
Grove Farm is expected to provide 300 new homes before 2027. The development brief will guide anyone seeking to develop the site of the opportunities and constraints on the site, including the management of waste and surface water flows generated by the development.
Both development plans will also look at how the sites can help in the creation of the proposed linear park connecting Ormskirk and Burscough.
A drop-in session about the Firswood Road development will take place at Skelmersdale Cricket Club on Thursday 20 February between 2pm and 7pm.
A drop-in session about the Grove Farm brief will be held at Ormskirk Library on February 24 between 2pm and 7pm.