East Quarry floating homes scheme gains consent

Simon Donohue

Floating homes could form part of the residential-led mixed use development of a former sandstone quarry at Appley Bridge, West Lancashire.

Steven Abbott Associates acted as planning advisor and agent on behalf of land owner Mainsprint in securing outline planning planning permission for the 27.6 acre East Quarry scheme near Parbold.

Proposals include the construction of houses around the quarry bank, a hotel, a restaurant and innovative floating homes on the water which has filled the quarry void since quarrying operations ceased in 1992.

Mainsprint will now seek a development partner to take the scheme forward.

Steven Abbott Associates have been involved at the development since successfully arguing that the site should be allocated for development in the 2004 West Lancashire Local Plan.

Derek Scott, managing director of Mainsprint, said: "Steven Abbott Associates have been our trusted planning advisors every step of the way with this project and we have always been delighted with the service they have provided on what has proved to be an incredibly challenging planning application process."

Christie McDonald, an associate at Steven Abbott Associates, said: "We are very satisfied to see the fruits of our labour over the years in the form of this permission for such an exciting and innovative scheme.
"Despite being a former quarry, East Quarry is a highly attractive site which will be a great place to live for many people. We are particularly proud of the floating homes element which is also a credit to Peter Dickinson of Peter Dickinson Architects who designed the scheme in its entirety."

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