Estate plans for ex-social club site

RAZED: The site of the Sacred Heart Social Club
RAZED: The site of the Sacred Heart Social Club
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Plans have been announced for 14 homes on the site of a former Chorley social club.

An application has been submitted by architects DPT for the revamp of the ex-Sacred Heart club on Worthy Street.

Locals say the development will mean the end of an era for the site, which used to play host to popular events such as darts, snooker and bowling before it closed down 18 months ago.

Mark Cocker, 21, of Worthy Street, added: “It is a real shame that the club was closed down in the first place as it was a really good facility that could have been used more if it had been advertised that it was open.

“They (developers) seem to keep building homes everywhere and if they keep doing it then we will lose the communities that we once had.”

Residents have also said they worry the development will mean traffic chaos.

Mr Cocker said: “This is not a very wide street to begin with but if there are more cars in the area then it will be narrower still.

“I would be worried about the entrance to the houses or flats because there is a junction with Rosklyn Road just across the road and there could be a few accidents.”

The building was demolished a month ago and plans have now been submitted to Chorley Council by Preston-based DPT on behalf of applicants Churchstone Properties and the Liverpool Diocese.

Zamila Chabdu, of nearby Buchanan Street, which is close to the proposed development, said: “This will make the area more congested.

“I am also really worried about more cars, more people and even more rubbish.”

However, some locals have spoken out in favour of the scheme.

A Rosklyn Road resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I used to go in the club five nights a week and it was a popular venue in the area.

“We hoped that there might be another club or something like that being built on there.

“All we can see now is factory buildings when we look out of our road and the view is not nice, so this might make it better.”

A spokesman for the agents DPT said: “We have allowed for off-street parking for the whole of the development and that has been included in the application.

“The scheme also gives people the chance to buy a house initially at a reasonable cost with the flexibility to extend and grow.

“We are looking to provide a very ecological solution within the detailed designs provided to the council.”