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New rental estate set for former Social Services site

Photo: David Hurst
Former LCC building on Brindle Road, Bamber Bridge, which is going to be demolished to make way for 34 affordable houses

Photo: David Hurst Former LCC building on Brindle Road, Bamber Bridge, which is going to be demolished to make way for 34 affordable houses

A new 34-home estate is set to be built on the site of former Lancashire County Council offices in Bamber Bridge.

New Progress Housing Group and the Eric Wright Group have applied to develop the boarded-up Social Services base in Brindle Road, for social rented housing.

If approved by South Ribble Council, there will be four two-bed flats, 12 three-bed flats, 16 two-bed houses and two three-bed houses. All buildings will be two-storeys tall.

There will be parking spaces made for 52 cars, and a new access road from Brindle Road.

County Councillor David Watts welcomed affordable housing being built, but said he was concerned the area’s roads could not cope with a further increase in traffic.

He said: “In the main if it’s affordable housing then I’m quite happy. It’s been boarded up for at least two years.

“The downside is we’ve already got an extra 600 houses in the area. If you include the ARLA Foods site off School Lane, they are building 280 houses on there, plus you have 280 houses at Shuttling Fields Lane, plus 42 at the top of Brindle Road near Hospital Inn. That’s a lot of houses.

“The county council think there is still plenty of road allocation allowing for that, but I think we’re top heavy.”

A spokesman for New Progress said: “The form and arrangement of space, buildings and routes have been developed on sound urban design principles with a view to creating a cohesive, legible and attractive new residential area.

“Dwelling forms and types have been conceived to meet local need in its present form and also provide aspirational new houses that will contribute towards future economic growth. We believe the proposals will create a balanced community within this area.”

 

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