Dismay over Camelot theme park site housing plans

The former Camelot theme park at Park Hall, Charnock Richard near Chorley
The former Camelot theme park at Park Hall, Charnock Richard near Chorley
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Major plans to redevelop the former Camelot theme park site into a 420-home housing estate have been described as ‘disastrous’.

The plans for the Charnock Richard site have been submitted to Chorley Council by Carlisle-based Story Homes.

But a call has gone out to “vigorously oppose” them.

Former Chorley mayor, borough and Lancashire county councillor, Alan Whittaker, who lives in Heskin, stormed: “If this goes through it could spell disaster for residents in the villages of Charnock Richard, Heskin and Eccleston.”

He claimed the proposed development was too big; schools are full; roads could not cope with up to another 700 cars; and waste water and sewage systems are full to capacity.

The site has been derelict since 2012 when the theme park closed.

Alistair Bradley, ChorleyCouncil leader, said the council would prefer to keep site for leisure.

Story Homes responded to concerns, saying: “We are confident that our planning application to redevelop this redundant brownfield site will bring a number of key benefits to the area.

“As well as alleviating pressure on other greenfield sites, 35 per cent of the properties will be designated as affordable housing for local people, and financial contributions will be made by Story Homes to improve public transport provision and to support any required community infrastructure needs such as school capacity. Through thorough assessment and public consultation, we have created a sustainable proposal, which we believe will enhance the area and create a development of high quality homes whilst providing a viable long term future for the site.”

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