Feb 13 2014 by Rebecca Koncienzcy, Skelmersdale Advertiser
PLANS for hundreds of new homes at Whalleys will go before the planning committee tonight.
The extensive proposals will be debated in full and include recommendations from planning officers to approve the project subject to the agreements under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
This agreement would mean that the full plans must include the following;
A minimum of 30% of homes be affordable housing and 20% of specialist housing suitable for the elderly.
Financial contributions of £255,000 be made to enhance sustainable transport on the area and develop public open space.
The council announced its plans for the development back in September and encouraged the Skelmersdale community to come forward with their views about the project.
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 site consists of four parcels of land which have all been allocated for new homes in the recently adopted Local Plan.
The proposals are set up to include 194 homes on the Cobbs Clough site; 145 homes on the site east of Cobbs Clough; 177 dwellings on the site separated by the roundabout; and 144 houses on the north part of the site.
The development has had a number of concerns over the increased traffic and congestion from the parish councils and local residents.
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust have also raised the issue of the impact the plans will have on the local wildlife.