First look at future

Artist's impression of Barrartt's development on the former Pontin's headquarters site at Eccleston , near Chorley.
Artist's impression of Barrartt's development on the former Pontin's headquarters site at Eccleston , near Chorley.

Work is due to begin on a controversial housing development in a Chorley village.

Barratt Homes has revealed these artist’s impressions after being given permission to build 70 new homes on the former Pontins site in Eccleston.

People living nearby have previously complained that the work would have a negative impact on surrounding houses and the local environment.

Campaigners were also worried that the new houses would not be affordable and that local people would be forced to move out of the village to set up home.

Concerns were also raised that extra pressure would be put on the local primary school and doctor’s surgery.

But the go-ahead was given for 70 new homes on the site of the former Sagar House on land owned by Trevor Hemmings.

A total of 21 homes will be classed as ‘affordable’ and the development will be a mix of two, three, four, five and six bedroom properties, including dormer bungalows.

Campaigners against the site had previously won a battle to reduce the height of proposed properties from three storey to two-and-a-half storey.

A spokesperson for Northern Trust, which submitted the application, had previously said that the number of houses was reduced from 106 to 70 and that the development was designed to be ‘sensitive to the existing amenity of the surrounding homeowners.’

Initial proposals for three storey dwellings were abandoned and replaced by a number of dormer bungalows and the space between the existing home and the new development increased.

Former Eccleston councillor, Alan Whittaker, said: “I feel that Chorley Borough Council has paid lip service to the concerns of the parish council and the local residents although they did go some in way in addressing the point about the three-storey houses.

“I hope that the borough council will now consider allocating some monies to building a new community hall as the village no longer has one. Eccleston is a big village now and we need a good community facility for residents and I hope that Northern Trust will consider giving over a suitable piece of land for such a development.”

Coun Peter Malpas, who oversees planning issues for Chorley Council, said: “It is great news for Eccleston and Chorley as a whole. The site was granted outline consent earlier this year and I’m pleased that Barratt have been given approval for a detailed scheme which includes a good selection of affordable homes for local people to get on the housing ladder.”

As part of the development, Barratt has committed to cleaning up a brownfield site and make financial contributions to community facilities, open space and additional off-site housing in Eccleston.

Ian Hilliker, technical director for Barratt Manchester, said: “We will now be able to offer a wide variety of people the opportunity to move into a beautiful new home in a stunning setting.”

Work is expected to begin on the development early this year.