Appley Bridge housing plans submitted

Mainsprint has submitted an outline planning application to West Lancashire Council for the development of a former quarry site in Appley Bridge, west Lancashire.

The proposals, submitted by planning consultancy Steven Abbott Associates LLP on behalf of Mainsprint, are for a mixed-use scheme which includes residential apartments, family homes, public parking for commuters, a new community centre, a restaurant and a hotel on the East Quarry site.

Appley Bridge-based Peter Dickinson Architects has designed the scheme.

Christie McDonald, associate at Steven Abbott Associates LLP, said: "This is a scheme which has taken many years to reach submission stage. During this period there have been high level discussions with West Lancashire Borough Council and extensive public consultation has also taken place. There is an on-road parking problem adjacent the site created mainly by commuters who use the nearby train station and the proposals include a car park which seeks to alleviate this. The floating elements of the scheme are considered to be a highly innovative method of utilising the existing features of the quarry and thus avoiding the need to infill the site; something which the local residents had voiced their concerns about and we were therefore keen to avoid.

"The houses and apartments sited on the sides of the quarry will have excellent views of the water and the new Community Centre will replace the existing, outdated structure and provide the local community with an excellent modern facility. In addition, the hotel and restaurant will provide employment opportunities for local people and add to the tourism options in the area."

The project cost was not disclosed.

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