Developer Bloor Homes reduces its village homes scheme

REVISED: New plans for the Goodyear Furniture Centre site have ben submitted
REVISED: New plans for the Goodyear Furniture Centre site have ben submitted
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A developer has downsized its new housing plans for a Chorley village.

Bloor Homes has submitted a planning application for up to 56 new homes, including 20 affordable homes and open space at the Goodyear Furniture Centre site off Gorsey Lane in Mawdesley.

And there is good news for the local scouts, too, who are to get a new purpose-built hall constructed for them by the developer.

Bloor Homes said it had listened to the needs and concerns of the local community and stakeholders following a consultation.

Bloor originally proposed a scheme of up to 64 homes, with 30 per cent affordable properties for first time buyers, the elderly or key workers.

Many residents were, however, concerned about the scale of the development for a village Mawdesley’s size and suggested the plans did not do enough to address the need for affordable housing.

Stephen Barlow, strategic land director at Bloor Homes, said: “Consulting with the local community is really important to us in the development of our plans and we’re really grateful to all those who let us know their views on the proposals.

“We’ve listened to what local people have told us and amended our scheme to reflect local concerns.

“By reducing the number of properties on the site and limiting the area of development we believe we can deliver a scheme that integrates well with existing properties in Mawdesley, as well as the site’s natural surroundings, ensuring an attractive and welcoming addition to the village.”

The planned new Mawdesley Scout Group facility will also be available for other community uses.

Paul Heptinstall, group chairman of the 46th Ormskirk (Mawdesley) Scout Group, said: “The Mawdesley group has been growing over the past few years. We now have over 70 beavers, cubs and scouts meeting weekly in the village hall.

“We are thrilled the group is going from strength to strength, but it does mean our current home is no longer meeting all our needs. We’ve been looking for a new building or land for over three years for a new scout HQ, but we’ve struggled to find a suitable site and to raise enough funds.”