Further phases planned as Skelmersdale scheme begins

Working with Trafford Housing Trust and L&Q, Seddon Construction has kicked off a two-year build which will see an initial 120 homes delivered in Whalleys South, Skelmersdale.

Laurus Homes, the venture between THT and L&Q, secured reserved matters consent for the project in January this year, which features a mix of two, three, and four-bedroom houses.

Under the plans, 64 homes will be available for open market sale with 34 for shared ownership and a further 24 available for affordable rent.

The first homes are due to hand over in April 2020 with the whole scheme completing in November 2021; a second and third phase featuring a total of 179 homes is due to follow, subject to planning consent.

The land for the development was released by Homes England following a competitive tender.

Graeme Scott, development director at Trafford Housing Trust, said: “Considerable effort was put into the tender to ensure this strategic land drives regeneration, provides excellent homes, and helps people get a foot on the housing ladder – and now the hard work begins.

“Whalleys South is a key project in our development plan which will see 20,000 new homes built over the next 10 years by THT and our partner L&Q. Like the rest of the North West, Skelmersdale urgently needs great quality housing and we are determined to do our bit to ease and hopefully eradicate the housing crisis while helping communities thrive and councils achieve their economic success.”

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More housing… more people… less schools, no proper town centre, no train station. There has to be some joined up planning and infrastructure in place to support any further influx of people, not just lip service about some train station that never seems to get off the ground, or building a retail park type development with lidl and calling it a town centre.

By Skem

Dear Skem, What is needed is democratically-elected power-wielding local planning officers. If you want to see what profit-seeking owners can do to communities. Compare our County towns and cities, hardly touched by BIG MONEY, and the industrialized monetarized metropolices. What ugly dehumanized places they are. That is why nobody lives there! Those poor Chinese Investors think Manchester and LIverpool are like Hong Kong and Shanghai. They are fooling themselves.

By James Yates

As previous people have said we have poor transport links not that many schools no proper shopping centre so unless you have a car might as well forget it

By Diane downie

By the by what happened to our hospital and what happened to the money that was allocated for it in the 70s never materialised now it’s 17 miles to Southport or try Wigan if you’re brave enough to face rush hour traffic

Appalling road links

By Diane downie

More homes nothing else.

By Dave

Great about the housing….but what about the rest of the infrastructure for the town to support the influx of people ?

By Philippa Mercer

W. L. D. C cant even afford weed killer, our estate ( Birchgreen) the paths that are full of 3ft high weeds , the estate is a disgrace, our roads have had pot holes four decades, the lighting outside my home hasn’t worked in 25yrs . Shame on the Money grabbing fat cats who are resonsible for the SLUM conditions we are forced to live in!!!!!

By William Shire

Anyone thinking of moving here only do so because the new builds are cheap in comparison….they’ll be selling up in a few years when they actually see how god damn awful our town is, making a few grand on the way. When is there going to be some investment on infrastructure…..not just a 3 shop retail park and a hideous 1960s concrete and white plastic eyesore…….fummin!!!!

By Simon Smith

Why is brown land not being used. What assurances that we have to make sure affordable houses are done first .are they sustainable and thinking of the long term future. Whstxare they doing about climate change. How many Trees are they keeping what about wild life. Why new houses when there is so much more thatr skem needs

By Julia

Whilst Skem needs to improve its housing stock , only the new railway station and a rejuvinated Concourse will give Skelmersdale an identity. When will people come from Ormskirk, Wigan and Burscough to Skem for a night out.

By Bill Roberts

Skelmersdale has got nothing going for it. The town itself is very much neglected because WLDC won’t spend the money. The shopping centre is only any good for basic grocery shopping as many of the shops inside it are closed/empty. The transport links are very poor, there is no train station… Skelmersdale doesn’t even have it’s own Cemetery.
Skelmersdale needs some serious improvements to meet the requirements of the people who already live there before adding even more people to the town.

By UsedToLiveInSkem

I lived in skem for 20plus yrs the problem skems got is theres to many homeless and drug problems thats why i left on drugs homeless and depressed suicidal leaving skem best thing i ever did skems a dump its overspill from kirkby cant u tell there all wanna be hardmen and gangs who cant do nothing wen confronted get a life and leave skem the schools are all closing itll buy a house in skem and ur kids will go school in wigan or ormskirk



I hope Skem doesn`t ever become part of the Liverpool city region. Liverpool has enough problems already in tackling favouritism the city down the road gets. Let`s not make any more problems for ourselves.

By Kop for it

I’ve not seen a brick placed yet since this plan was mentioned. What a load of Brexit.

By Paul Burke

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