CHORLEY’S Camelot theme park could be transformed into 450 homes
Story Homes, which owns the land in Charnock Richard, has applied to Chorley Council for ‘screening’ over their proposals for the new development.
The sheer scale of the plans has shocked residents who claim a new ‘village’ could be built on their doorstep.
Reacting to the news, Barry Smith, whose home overlooks the Camelot site, said: “This is practically the creation of a new village, and Charnock Richard will be devastated by it.
“The infrastructure is not in place to support a development like this and we fear that the 450 homes could actually be just the start of something much bigger.
“We moved to this house as we liked the rural environment and it’s very picturesque.
“We could never have dreamt that 450 homes could be built at the bottom of our garden.”
Barry’s neighbour, Melvin Otter echoed his views. He said: “I’m in complete shock.
“We knew something would have to be done after Camelot closed, but we didn’t think it would be quite so many houses.
“The infrastructure just isn’t in place to support that many new homes.
“I have been calling for something to be done about our sewers since 1991 and I have been ignored.
“The sewage spills out of the drains and runs down Park Hall Road when it rains heavy – imagine what it will be like with another 400 homes.
“We are basically looking at another Buckshaw Village right on our doorstep.
“Chorley has got enough new homes why do we need any more?
“Our roads will be grid locked too – it’ll be like going back to Camelot’s busiest days, but the flow of traffic will be constant.”
The attraction closed last year after its owners said it was no longer financially viable.
Workers are in the process of dismantling the once popular rides, which have been sold off to theme parks across the country.
At its peak, more than 500,000 people would visit the theme park, which was based on Arthurian legend.
However, the 140-acre park was bought by Story Homes after it went in to receivership in 2009.
Leader of Chorley Council, Coun Alistair Bradley, said he would prefer the site to be retained for leisure purposes.
He said: “The site has not been allocated for housing on the LDF, which is the future plan for development in Chorley.
“I would like it to be kept for leisure purposes, but accept that Camelot had to close because it was no longer financially feasible. Story Homes have had verbal discussions with our planners, and our concern is the Government policy to encourage more new homes to be built to help to kick-start the economy.
“I do not believe there are the transport links or amenities in that area to support 450 new homes.”
Story Homes have made a formal request to Chorley Council for a screening of opinion of whether they would require an environmental impact assessment to push the plans forward.
The company is proposing a planning application for up to 450 dwellings in the brownfield area of the site.
Steve Errington, managing director of Story Homes said: “Story Homes has submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment screening option to Chorley Council regarding the redundant brown field Camelot site which closed in November.
“This is simply an initial technical request to find out how much information the council will require for the potential development of the site.
“We will be looking at options and ideas for the site and look forward to sharing our development plan during a full public consultation in late spring.”