CCH and Chorley Council have positive discussions for housing plans in Coppull

NEW FLATS: Coun Matthew Crow in Longfield Avenue, Coppull

NEW FLATS: Coun Matthew Crow in Longfield Avenue, Coppull

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Discussions have taken place over plots of land that have been identified for social housing in a Chorley village.

Chorley Community Housing and Chorley Council has held positive talks over small plots of land in Longfield Avenue, Coppull.

It has been discussed that a small amount of flats would be built.

The council has previously made use of unused sites throughout the borough.

Coun Graham Dunn, who oversees housing for Chorley Council, said: “We have been making unused or demolished garage sites across the borough available for housing associations to build much needed affordable homes.

“We’ve successfully released sites in Mawdesley, Euxton and Charnock Richard where attractive affordable homes have been built.

“We hope to do more and we are currently exploring a number of areas, Coppull is one of them.”

A CCH spokesperson said: “We and other registered providers have been approached by the council to explore the development potential of a number of small sites across Chorley.

“This follows on from our successful development of schemes in Euxton, Mawdesley and Charnock Richard earlier this year after the council made this land available to us to meet local housing needs.

“This enabled new homes to be provided in villages at a time when house prices are continuing to rise and rural housing need continues to be an issue in the borough.”

Coun Matthew Crow, ward councillor for Coppull, said: “We face an almost unprecedented affordable housing crisis which, in my opinion, can only be solved by building the quality social housing stock we need.

“Small pockets of micro-development are a good way of helping to ensure this demand is met whilst also helping to keep the impact on existing communities to a minimum.

“It is important to stress that as of yet no formal proposals have been submitted. Should proposals be made they would have to go through the Council’s planning process and, like any development in the borough, local residents would be given the opportunity to raise objections or concerns should they so wish.”