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Bellway has won its appeal to build 108 homes on the former DXC Technology site in Chorley. Credit: via planning documents

Bellway wins appeal over 108 Chorley homes

The former DXC Technology site off Euxton Lane in Buckshaw Village can now be redeveloped to deliver houses, with the local authority withdrawing any objections to the plans one day into an inquiry.

Bellway Manchester started its appeal against Chorley Council’s refusal of its plans to build 108 homes on the 7.4-acre brownfield site last year. Chorley Council’s planning committee had rejected the application following officer recommendation. Two reasons were provided: first, that the development would result in an unacceptable reduction in employment land and, second, that the site was unsustainable for residential development.

Both of those objections were withdrawn by the council during the appeal process. However, both were considered by the Planning Inspectorate, with the inspector ultimately siding with Bellway and permitting the development.

In the decision notice, the inspector refuted the idea that Bellway’s plans would negatively impact the employment land supply, highlighting the fact that the council has a 16-year supply of that sort of land.

The status of employment land differs considerably from the council’s supply of housing land. While employment land is in abundance, the council can only able to demonstrate a 3.3-year housing land supply, according to the inspector.

The inspector noted that of the 108 proposed homes, 13 would be affordable. That would help alleviate the demand in Buckshaw Village, which the inspector highlighted as having the highest affordable housing need in the borough.

A spokesperson from Bellway said: “Bellway Manchester is delighted to have received the backing of the Planning Inspectorate in upholding its appeal.

“We look forward to delivering 108 much-needed new homes and we will release details of the development in due course.”

Pegasus Planning and Astle Planning & Design are advising Bellway on its proposals for the scheme.

To find out more about the plans for the site, search for application number 21/01475/FULMAJ on Chorley Council’s planning portal.

The appeal’s reference number with the Planning Inspectorate is APP/D2320/W/22/3309262.

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Poor of Chorley to seemingly waste everyone’s time over this.

By Sceptic

It’s good to see more homes being built, rather than prisons, people need gardens

By Dan

Houses ok but what about services like schools doctors dentists and other supporting services

By Anonymous

More homes, no more schools, doctors or dentists. Surely Euxton has suffered enough. No longer a village. At least the football training ground will get a crowd.

By Really!!!

Really? More houses what about schools, GP surgeries, dentists etc as usual these things haven’t been given a thought for the people who already live here.

By Anonymous

@Really!! and @Anonymous… Housing schemes pay into something called S.106… This is paid to the council to develop and renovate schools, doctors or even the dentists… speak to them about those improvements.


Where are all these people coming from? It feels like everybody is moving to Lancashire

By Anonymous

Absolute rubbish 13 low cost houses
Out of 109 chorley council gives in again

By Fairbrother

Euxton is not a village. It’s expansion over the past 100 years has allowed it to expand to the boundaries of Leyland, Whittle le woods, Astley Village, Charnock Richard and many more areas. It’s only the few who think they can dictate what they want and get away with it. Chorley council has become predictable and so laughable in making the wrong planning decisions and allways back down when challenged on appeal. Get the houses built ASAP .. Yipee.

By Robin hood

Absolutely unbelievable. I read the appeal decision last year at length and made perfect sense. What a ridiculous place to have a housing site. Euxton has borne the brunt of new homes for long enough now. But good luck with the speed vehicles race up at down that road at all hours!!

By Chris

This is ridiculous. What a terrible place for residential homes. As per previous comments, surely Euxton has suffered enough. The appeal spoke of “Chorley’s acute housing shortage”. This is utter rubbish, especially when every blade of green belt in Euxton is being destroyed. Shame on whomever signed this off!

By Anonymous

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