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Persimmon Homes has submitted a hybrid application for 600 Blackburn homes. Credit: via planning documents

Persimmon lodges plans for 600 Blackburn homes

The housebuilder is seeking full planning permission to deliver 555 houses at Bank Hey Farm off Heys Lane, as well as outline permission for a further 45 properties there.

Persimmon Homes would deliver all 600 homes in three phases.

Full planning permission is sought for the first two phases, which would deliver 550 two-storey homes.

Houses would range from two- to five-bedroom properties, offering 643 sq ft to 1,969 sq ft of space.

Residents would be provided with a total 1,382 car parking spaces.

If outline permission is granted, the third phase would deliver the other 45 homes on the lower portion of the 121-acre site.

heys lane persimmon homes p. planning docs

The homes would be delivered in three phases. Credit: via planning documents

The largest parcel of land have two access points off Jack Walker Way and Moorland Road, while the smaller parcel would be accessed from Heys Land through a new junction, as well as Bog Height Road.

The entire plot is currently used as grazing land.

Over 35 acres of green space would be provided across the site.

Green space would be retained within a central village green. Here, residents would be able to enjoy two equipped play areas designed by Playdale Playgrounds, featuring swings, a scramble net, slides, and a 30-metre zipwire.

Large sections of existing woodland would also be kept, as well as two SuDs ponds.

Emery Planning is the scheme’s planning consultant.

Also on the project team is transport consultant SCP and landscape architect Cass Associates. Bowland Ecology is the ecological consultant.

Andrew Laing, land and planning director at Persimmon Lancashire, said: “This site was selected as an integral part of the Blackburn with Darwen Local Plan and will deliver significant benefits to the local area creating significant public open spaces, new cycle routes, and play areas.”

To find out more about the plans, search for application number 10/23/0269 on Blackburn with Darwen Council’s planning portal.

Elsewhere in Blackburn, Urban Springside has teamed up with Barratt Homes to plot 116 homes on the former site of Springside Mill in Belmont.

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Great to see yet another large housing development in Blackburn with Darwen . Glad that a progressive council has a local plan based on growth rather than many who try and stop all development

By George


There’s nothing ‘progressive’ about large housing estates with no/few facilities like I fear this will be. Growth by all means, but good sustainable growth rather than any old fodder.


@SW This isn’t any old fodder, this is quality and sustainable as people will want to live here for a long time, it will never go out of fashion or become run down


More house in Feniscowles?? No doctors or schools involved though????

By Xrjxman


I would never put the words ‘Permission’ and ‘quality’ in the same sentence. Still, thanks for the laugh.

People want different things. Old, well built mixed used suburbs with facilities are very popular – they sell quickly and will be here long after architecturally banal mass housing estates like the one about crumble to dust.

New mixed used urban extensions like Nansladen also sell very well.

This proposed estate will only sell because there’s a lack of better choice in the area. Green Hills sold very well because it was different.


Being built on a former tip…

By Dave Howarth

This development isn’t in Feniscowles. I’m pretty sure a new school is being created within the new-ish development off Gib Lane nearby. More doctors are the responsibility of the Government via the NHS.


More homes equals more school spaces required, public transport, doctor, dentists etc
All high schools are over subscribed. I know this because my son is due to start at walton-le-dale high school and the school bus has been cancelled. BWD council refused to help, we can’t move him because the high schools are full. The traffic will be horrendous, it’s already to busy. We don’t need more homes, we need a bigger high school. No body can afford a £300k new home in the current climate. Leave the green space alone. Before it’s gone for good

By Lee Murphy

@Lee Murphy, you’re missing the point though. The people in these houses already live somewhere, new folk don’t just spawn out of nowhere. The fact is you (like me) have a lad at school who will need somewhere to live one day. We need more housing, unless people stop having kids and start dying.

By Red Rose

This is just ridiculous! There are so many houses being built but are struggling to sell with the £300k price tag in what is actually one of lowest wage paying areas of the country. The infrastructure cannot cope now, so directing traffic through Oakdale won’t improve as the cues to get off the estate in a morning is bad enough, literally all the roads are gridlocked at rush hour or if rovers are playing. Then there’s GPs, dentists and schools which already have one of the highest heads per capita in the uk – where are the roughly 1800 (based on 3 people per house) going to access their basic health needs? This needs to be stopped and reconsidered in 20yrs when / if the services have caught up to accommodate this capacity. It’s just greed at the expense of others at present!


Too many new builds , no infrastructure in place to accommodate more people, schools, dentists, gps etc. leave our green land alone and build somewhere else

By Anonymous

And there goes the countryside. People who want to live in the countryside will end up being surrounded by the very things they moved away from all in the name of greed. Blackburn in 13 % ahead of building houses but they dont care.

By @ TT

So they’re too expensive for buyers but will cause traffic chaos at the same time? 🤔

By Schrodinger

The roads are bad enough on Fernhurst and Oakdale, without adding any more traffic through the estate!! Ridiculous!!!

By Anonymous

I would like to object to these plans, traffic on the fernhurst and Oakdale area is horrendous at present without the strain of even more vehicles. The whole area comes to a standstill at school time and even more so when the football is on. The infrastructure proposed goes nowhere near far enough to allow for the extra traffic. I am also concerned about the loss of the green fields as there have been many many new houses already built on them. There also are not enough facilities planned or existing to support more families

By Deborah O’Sullivan

    Hi Deborah – if you want to object, you need to do so on the council’s planning portal. The application’s reference is 10/23/0269. Comments made here on Place North West are not part of the formal planning application process.

    By Julia Hatmaker

They’ll build the houses first, and the infrastructure/play areas will never appear. This side of Blackburn has had enough building on the countryside. It’s going to be a concrete city with nothing to draw people to it. People moved here because it was once a beautiful place to live. Now there’s nothing but houses, always built on greenbelt, never on wasteland. BwD council will have their heads in their hands in a few years when there aren’t enough schools, and the roads are carparks. It’s diabolical. They’ll be bought up by landlords in big cities (because normal families can’t afford prices like that) and rented out at ridiculous prices.

By Anonymous

I see the nimbys are out in force for this one. Where on earth have they got the £300k price tag from too? Weird

By Adam

Best thing to happen in Livesey for decades it will tidy up heys lane which lets face it is a dump and a race track

By Alan Pickering

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