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A £1.5m extension to a Chorley residential park is finally set to get the green light after more than 20 years in the planning.

The proposals will see the creation of 52 new homes, a community building, bowling green, allotments, pavilion, ponds and an activity trail at Campbells Park Homes, off Nell Lane, in Clayton-le-Woods.

The family-run site, which is already home to more than 300 people, is aimed at over 55s and is a self-contained village which will have its own bus service as part of the regeneration.

Owner Michael Campbell, who runs the business with his brother Glen, said: “We are very hopeful that our dreams can finally be realised.

“The original plans for expansion were submitted back in the 1990s and we have been in discussion with Chorley Council to bring them to fruition.

“The project is something that our residents desperately want and they are 100 per cent behind us – we wouldn’t have gone ahead without their full support.”

Mr Campbell said the centrepiece of the development, which has been recommended for approval by the council, will be the creation of a bowling green and new community facilities.

He added: “We are hearing all the time about our ageing population and that people are living longer and our plans build on that.

“We have residents in their 90s who still live in their own home and there is a wonderful sense of community and people are very neighbourly.

“We want people to enjoy their golden years and the new facilities will certainly help with that.

“We will also extend our Post Office and create the bowling green which is fantastic as we have a lot of bowling enthusiasts who are all excited to get their very own green.”

Mr Campbell said the scheme had been rejected by planners earlier this year on a technicality.

He added: “My father took over the business in 1972 and he developed it over the 70s and 80s.

“Glen and I have been at the helm since he died and the plans have been a big part of our vision for the future.”

The plans are set to go before the Development Control Committee on Tuesday.