Where do public want to build on?

Building?: Botany Bay is one of the sites on the shortlist
Building?: Botany Bay is one of the sites on the shortlist

One of the most important consultations in the history of Chorley is about to be launched.

Starting next Friday the public will have six weeks to comment on a list of 230 sites in the borough for possible development.

Known as the Local Development Framework (LDF), the document will act as a blueprint for the future of Chorley and surrounding areas up to 2026.

A number of landmark sites have made the shortlist, including Botany Bay to Cowling Mill, Coppull Enterprise Centre and the Carrington Centre in Eccleston.

Part of Chorley Rugby Club’s ground in Chancery Road has also been identified for possible housing.

A total of 400 sites were initially identified and that has been whittled down to 230.

The public will now get the chance to comment before a final recommendation is made.

The final decision will be made by Government with a view to being adopted by December, 2012.

Land across Chorley, Buckshaw Village, Adlington, Coppull, Euxton, Whittle-le-Woods and Eccleston have all made the shortlist.

A number of drop-in sessions are being arranged and a full list of proposed sites will be available at the council’s Union Street offices, before going on the website.

Coun Alan Cullens, who is responsible for planning at Chorley Council, said: “This is a very important piece of work and something we have to do to help make Chorley a better and more sustainable place to live, with increased jobs and a prosperous future.

“The list of sites has been covered in the media and we are now ready to start the formal consultation where people can submit their comments to us on the suggested sites.

“We want to hear from people whether they are against the sites identified being used for a particular purpose or whether they think the suggestions would be a good use for the land. We also want to know if they have any views on the local policies proposed.”

The Local Development Framework (LDF) process started a few years ago by asking residents to suggest any sites they thought might be suitable for future development.

The documents containing the maps and list of suggested sites will be available in public buildings, including the council’s Union Street offices, and on the council’s website www.chorley.gov.uk/planning.

Council officers will also be visiting different parts of the borough to speak to residents directly and help answer any queries they may have.

“This is your opportunity to shape the future development of Chorley and I would urge everyone to have a look at the site suggestions and tell us what they think,” said Coun Cullens.

“I must stress at this stage that no final decisions have been taken and we will listen to what people tell us.”

The consultation process officially starts on Friday, September 16, and will last for six weeks.