Weeton Land

Concert Living buys 10 acres in Lancashire

Dan Whelan

The private housing arm of Leyland-based housing association Progress Housing has bought agricultural land off Church Road in Weeton from Northern Trust with a view to bringing forward 40 homes.

Before the sale, Chorley-based Northern Trust had secured outline planning permission for the site under the name of its residential arm, Lanley Homes, in collaboration with planning consultant De Pol.

It is anticipated that Concert Living will start work on the residential developement in autumn.

Laurie Lane, land and planning director for Concert Living, said: “Weeton is a fantastic location for family homes and we are excited to add this site to the others in our portfolio which will be coming forward for development over the course of the next year.”

In September 2019, Northern Trust sold a four-acre site in Pilling to Blackpool-based Create Homes having secured outline consent for 40 homes at the site.

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Same old layout, same old cookie cutter architecture, same old dead ends, houses just plnked on to a site, no though of site lines, context, relation ships to other sites, other houses etc. We need houses, agreed but this is just bland poorly thought out, car focuses rubbish. In my humble opinion.

By Dan

Correct, Dan. An unrelieved development plonked in a village with few, if any facilities and nowhere to walk to.

Another example of village character and identity being cynically eroded, courtesy of a ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’…

By Anonymous

Does anybody actually want to live on these horrible estates? Desirable areas of the North West include Didsbury, Chorlton, Alderley Edge, New Brighton etc etc. None of those areas have these horrible Barratt/Wimpey/Redrow estates – they have rows and rows of charming Victorian villas, from a time when architects had skill and the property industry had pride in the places it was creating.

These types of estate are a scourge on the UK.

By Anonymous

The quality of housing in this country has to change. If the lockdown has taught us anything it’s the importance of quality of space, whether that is internal or external, private or public. It simply isn’t good enough to provide a quantity of dark, undersized bedrooms/bathrooms/garages and con the general public into believing that is a scale for quality.

By all rights new-build, modern houses should be the most desirable but, as the above comment states, they’re not. Victorian and Edwardian houses are much more sought after, despite being draughty, being expensive to heat and often having no parking. This is because they have taller ceilings, more generous rooms, larger windows, better quality materials, street trees, better street proportions and access to local amenities (shops, pubs, parks etc). All of which don’t appear on house-builder spreadsheets but do create something unquantifiable, quality of space.

If the volume house-builders aren’t prepared to change then more innovative SMEs must be given a helping hand to raise standard and raise buyer expectations.

By Anonymous