Arla granted planning for residential scheme

Michael Hunt

Arla Foods UK has secured outline planning consent for a residential development comprising 196 houses on School Lane in Bamber Bridge, Lancashire.

Working with architects BDP, BNP Paribas Real Estate acted on behalf of Arla Foods UK and submitted a proposal to South Ribble Borough Council for the development on the former Arla dairy site, which extends over 15 acres.

The plans incorporate 196 homes, of which the majority are aimed for families and there is also an affordable homes provision included in the submission as well as open green spaces.

Andrew Thomson, director of Manchester planning at BNP Paribas Real Estate, said: "There is a pressing need for new homes in Lancashire and the grant of permission on this brownfield site together with the interest that is being shown by the housebuilding industry is a very encouraging sign for recovery in the housing market. In securing planning consent on the site Arla Foods are confident that the development will benefit Bamber Bridge and enhance the residential offer in the area."

Work is expected to start within the next 12 months. Arla shut down its dairy production on the site six years ago and it has remained derelict ever since.

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