Oct 24 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
PLANS for 630 new homes at Whalleys have been submitted to West Lancashire Borough Council.
The site consists of four parcels of land which have all been allocated for new homes in the recently adopted Local Plan.
The council announced plans for the development back in September and encouraged the Skelmersdale community to come forward with their views about the project.
As a result of the consultation the council have amended the plans and submitted them to the planning department.
The planning application states: “Skelmersdale as a whole suffers from poor health, below average educational achievement and higher unemployment than the rest of the borough.
“High quality housing is a key theme for the regeneration of the town and the development at the site would provide an opportunity for growth and sustainable development.
“The site benefits from an existing transport infrastructure offering direct access to the parcels of land.”
The developers are keen to maintain a green buffer around the development site and want to improve the ecology of the area, earmarking the southern woodland for ecological improvement in particular.
Homes are planned to look outwards onto the green areas and each site will have its own distinct character.
Consideration has also been given to how the houses can be arranged to maximise the exposure to sunlight and the best views.
The majority of housing will be two storeys high with an element of three-storey townhouses and apartments to less visually prominent areas of the sites.
There will be a mix of affordable housing and open market housing and consideration has also been given to making homes accessible for the elderly.
Cllr Adrian Owens, West Lancs council portfolio holder for regeneration and estates, said: “This is an exciting boost for Skelmersdale.
“The land has been earmarked for residential development for a number of years and now that economic conditions are improving the time is right to bring it forward for development.
“This will be a major construction project that will not only bring new homes, but also create new jobs.”
The site aims to provide play access from every house and plans for play areas and a multi-use games area have been submitted.
Residents of nearby Dalton park are worried however that residents of the new development will use their estate as a cut-through, leading to increased disruption through the estate. Planners are working to alleviate their concerns.