Developer scales down village housing scheme

The Goodyear Furniture Centre site
The Goodyear Furniture Centre site
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A developer has downsized its village housing plans.

Bloor Homes has submitted a planning application for up to 56 new homes, including 20 much-needed affordable homes and open space at the Goodyear Furniture Centre site off Gorsey Lane in


There is good news for the local scouts, too, who are to get a new purpose-built hall constructed for them by the developer.

Bloor Homes said it had listened to the needs and concerns of the community and stakeholders following a consultation.

The builder originally proposed a scheme of up to 64 new homes, with 30 per cent affordable properties to help first time buyers, the elderly or key workers.

However, many residents expressed concern regarding the scale of the development for a village of Mawdesley’s size, and said the plans did not address the need for affordable housing in a rural area.

Stephen Barlow, Bloor Homes’ strategic land director, said: “We’ve listened to what local people have told us and amended our scheme to reflect local concerns.”

The planned new Mawdesley Scout Group facility will also be available for other community uses.

Paul Heptinstall, group chairman of the growing 46th Ormskirk (Mawdesley) Scout Group, said: “We’ve been looking for a new building or land for over three years now for a new scout HQ, but we’ve struggled to find a suitable site and to raise enough funds.”