Redundant gararge sites set for affordable homes

Matthew Crow at the garage site in Longfield Avenue, Coppull
Matthew Crow at the garage site in Longfield Avenue, Coppull

Plans have been submitted to transform two former garage sites into small plots of affordable housing.

Chorley Community Housing has submitted two planning applications to build 14 affordable homes in Croston and Coppull.

Chorley Council, which owns the land, has agreed to release the plots for the houses.

CCH is looking to build two houses and eight flats in Longfield Avenue,Coppull and six houses in Pear Tree Road, Croston.

A CCH spokesperson said: “The council has agreed to make two further sites available to provide more affordable housing in the borough.

“These are in addition to the eleven schemes that we are already developing in Chorley and will see over 100 new homes completed in 2015.”

Coun Graham Dunn, who oversees housing for Chorley Council, said: “These two sites in Coppull and Croston are just two of many small pockets of land the council has released across the borough.

“They are often unused former garage sites which have fallen into disrepair or have been demolished.

“Giving them up for much-needed affordable homes for local people on balance makes better use of the land than what’s it’s currently used for.

“So far we’ve successfully released similar sites in Chorley, Mawdesley, Euxton and Charnock Richard.”

Coun Matthew Crow, ward councillor in Coppull, added: “Our region faces unprecedented demand for quality, affordable, social rented accommodation.

“The application will now pass through the formal planning process where residents can raise any objections or concerns, as always I am happy to support Coppull residents through that process.”