Plans ‘coming soon’ for Penwortham clearance site

Demolition at The Maltings, Penwortham
Demolition at The Maltings, Penwortham
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Progress is being made in the redevelopment of The Maltings site in Penwortham, according to the housing association which owns it.

The 30 year-old building off Hill Road South housed more than 100 single person flats, but had fallen into disrepair and had become a hot-spot for anti-social behaviour.

It was cleared in 2013, and Places for People announced they would be working with South Ribble Council to develop a plan for mixed development on the site.

Yesterday a spokesman for the housing group said: “We will soon be submitting a planning application for the development of two, three and four bedroom residential properties on the site.

“Part of this planning application will involve a public consultation on our proposed scheme, which will include properties for market sale, affordable rent and affordable sale – as well as support for first time buyers.”

The decision to clear the site angered locals when the under occupancy tax was announced just weeks before.

However, the housing association bosses said the building was in need of repair and was too expensive to renovate.

People living near the site, which is encased by a metal fence, have been calling for redevelopment to start.