Land Off Milking Lane, Elan, P Planning Documents
The 76 homes will be divided between two land parcels in Lower Darwen. Credit: via planning documents

Elan unveils plans for 76 homes in Lower Darwen

Julia Hatmaker

The Cheshire-based housebuilder already has outline permission to build up to 100 homes on the land off Milking Lane.

The site in question is owned by Barnfield Blackburn, a joint venture between Blackburn Council and Barnfield Construction. Elan Homes was chosen as the preferred developer for the scheme.

In its reserved matters application, Elan said it wanted to build a range of three- to four-bedroom houses, both detached and semi-detached. Each home would bet two storeys, have rear gardens and at least two parking spaces. Elan also said the houses would be made of red brick, with grey roof tiles and white windows.

The houses would be divided across two parcels of land. The first is off Milking Lane and has 3.4 developable acres. Elan plans to build 45 homes there. The second is off Millbank Road and has 2.6 acres of developable land. Elan wants to put 31 houses there.

If the application is approved, construction could begin on the first plot in January 2022 and complete by December 2024. The 31 houses on parcel two would have construction begin in January 2023 and complete in December 2025.

None of the houses would be designated affordable because the “viability of the project does not allow for on-site provision,” according to the design and access statement. The statement goes on to say that “an off-site affordable housing contribution will be agreed through the planning process, under a planning-based viability process.”

Milking Lane is part of a wider mixed-use development which includes a new spine road and nearly 100,000 sq ft of commercial space.

Looking to learn more? The scheme’s planning application reference number with Blackburn with Darwen Council is 10/21/1001.

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