Plans to build 190 homes in Skelmersdale and South Latham are recommended for approval at West Lancashire’s planning committee on 17 October, whilst Edge Hill’s 500-space car park is set to be refused.
An application, pictured above, for 60 two-storey houses along with 12 allotments in Skelmersdale is on the agenda and minded to approve.
Southworth Construction’s plans for 21 two-bedroom, 28 three-bedroom, and 11 four-bedroom houses on the 2.5-acre site will be joined by the aforementioned allotments, along with 132 car parking spaces, a Scout Hut, and a communal building.
The site was previously home to football pitches, which have not been in use for over five years. Sports England has suggested a £290,000 financial contribution for the loss of the site as part of a Section 106 agreement. Objections have been raised to this scheme, with the council receiving 10 letters against the proposals which centre on its lack of support for local infrastructure including the police and healthcare, and its lack of affordable housing.
An additional five letters were submitted to the council in support of the scheme, which commend it for the benefits to the local Scouts, the opportunity to revitalise the community, and for the new housing in the area. The scheme has been designed by RPS Design Group.
Wainhomes’ outline application for 130 homes on a five-acre site off Firstwood Road in South Latham is also recommended for approval at the same committee meeting. The Firstwood Road site, which was previously safeguarded and is pictured above, was released through the Local Plan specifically for residential developments. The overall site encompasses 22-acres.
To the south of the scheme, Bellway Homes is delivering the first phase of the Firstwood Road scheme with 94 homes. Details of layout, scale, appearance and landscape will be reserved for future approval. The scheme was designed by Baldwin Design Consultancy on behalf of Wainhomes, along with Emery Planning which acted as a consultant.
Also on the agenda is an application for an 8.6 acre overflow car park with 500 spaces for Edge Hill University, which is recommended for refusal. According to council planning officers, “the proposed development constitutes an inappropriate form of development in the Green Belt” and “will give rise to an adverse impact on the character and visual quality of the locality.”
Neighbouring residents have objected on the grounds of impact to the Green Belt, the fact that student numbers have decreased, and the impact on wildlife. Twelve letters off objection were submitted to the council. A letter of support was received which stated the need for car parking “to alleviate other parking problems along St Helens Road”.
All three schemes will be decided on 17 October.