Work to start on 135 homes

1. Artist's impression of Arley Homes' new Duxbury Woods development

1. Artist's impression of Arley Homes' new Duxbury Woods development

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Building work is set to start on a major multi-million pound development in Chorley.

Arley Homes is about to begin construction of their Duxbury Woods development – one of the largest land acquisitions in the North West in the last three years.

It will be built in phases, with the first properties expected to come to market towards the end of the year.

The plan, which was approved unanimously by the planning committee, is for the development of an 11.7 acre brownfield site off Myles Standish Way.

The development includes 135 new family homes, plus green open spaces and a children’s play area, linked by a network of pedestrian pathways.

John Cosgrave, managing director of Arley Homes, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to regenerate a derelict site.

“The proposal provides significant investment, bringing it back into use for the benefit of the whole community.

“Prior to submission, we liaised closely with council planners and the local community to design a scheme that would appeal to families, first time buyers, young professionals and downsizers alike, and create an attractive new addition to Chorley marketplace.”

Arley will build a mixture of two, three, four and five bedroom houses, from large, detached homes to more affordably priced properties for the first time buyer market, and all will be finished to Arley’s exacting standards.

The site already had outline planning permission for 200 homes but Arley took the decision to reduce the density of properties to allow space for the children’s play area.

Duxbury Woods will be the company’s third development in the borough, following the launch of The Meadows in Coppull last spring and the start of construction for The Birches in Charnock Richard, with the properties first due for completion in April.