Work to start on ex- Conference Centre

Work is set to start on a multi-million pound housing development in Chorley.

Arley Homes have applied to Chorley Council to create an aceess road off Myles Standish Way for their diggers to gain access onto the former Chorley Vertex Training and Conference Centre, off Little Carr Lane.

If agreed by council bosses then the owners of the land say the first phase of work on the 11.7 acre Duxbury Manor development of 135 homes should start in the next couple of months.

Some of the houses could be on the market by the end of the year, but local residents have already complained about being affected by noise of vehicles on the site.

Nearby resident Philip Robinson, said: “You don’t feel like your house is your own because of all the gasworks and noise from the development.

“We registered our concerns about the plans but it seemed like it was inevitable to take place. Most people use Myles Standish Way to get to Holy Cross High School and also as a shortcut from one side of Chorley to the other instead of going through town. It is going to be hectic around there with the construction traffic around peak times.”

Arley Homes have already built developments on The Meadows at Coppull and The Birches at Charnock Richard.

The new 11.7 acre brownfield site will have a mixture of two, three, four and five bedroom houses for the first time buyers market with associated green open spaces and children’s play area.

The Vertex House site was closed down in 2006 and for years it was a magnet for vandalism and anti-social behaviour with lead being stolen from the buildings before being knocked down in February 2010.

A spokesman for Arley Homes confirmed that the application is for a temporary access road and that the builders are currently working on the road infrastructure and construction off Myles Standish Way.