Nine possible locations identified for travellers

The site on Hut Lane, Heath Charnock, being used by travellers
The site on Hut Lane, Heath Charnock, being used by travellers

Nine possible locations are being considered for a permanent gypsy and traveller site in the borough.

Chorley Council was told by a Government-appointed planning inspector that it must find potential sites after a study showed there was a need for five permanent pitches.

They could be used by the family currently based on Hut Lane, Heath Charnock.

Nine sites have now been named as possible locations.

The council’s preferred site is Cowling Farm, off Cowling Road, Chorley.

But eight other possible sites have also been identified and residents can have their say on which should be used in a consultation by the council.

They are: Yarrow Bridge Depot, off Bolton Road, Chorley; Cabbage Hall Fields, off Cowslip Way, Chorley; land off Westhoughton Road, Heath Charnock; land off Ackhurst Road, Chorley; land adjacent to Northgate Drive, Chorley; Crosse Hall Lane, Chorley; Harrisons Farm, off Harrison Road, Adlington; and Hut Lane, Heath Charnock.

Council leader, Coun Alistair Bradley, said: “We’ve scoured the whole borough looking for locations and the site at Cowling Farm, Chorley, meets the basic requirements and is deliverable in the next few years.”

The council has long opposed the current traveller site on Hut Lane, which is greenbelt land.

Coun Bradley said: “We have had to include Hut Lane in our analysis, because it is an occupied sites and its merits need to be assessed against the other options under national guidance, but the council’s view hasn’t changed that it is an inappropriate site for this development.”

The consultation runs until Wednesday, July 16.

To take part, go to or visit the council offices on Union Street.