Green friendly on UK’s biggest brownfield site

Buckshaw Village
Buckshaw Village
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Set in the heart of Lancashire, Buckshaw Village is a relatively new, but fast becoming established, residential development on the former site of the Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF), Chorley.

Over the last few years a whole new village has emerged, providing homes from five bedroom detached houses to one bedroom first time buyer apartments.

Buckshaw Village, increasingly known as just Buckshaw, has a thriving community spirit; the demographic is generally families and young professionals and the area attracts a lot of commuters due to its excellent transport links.

It is one of the largest urban development sites in the North West of England and is the largest brownfield regeneration scheme in the whole of Europe.

Up to 2,000 new housing units have been built by various housebuilders including Redrow, Barratt Homes, Persimmon and Rowland Homes. The homes are mainly targeted at the family market but many of the new homes are also specifically aimed at first-time buyers with measures such as shared ownership schemes.

There is also an eco-friendly village built in conjunction with scientists from University of Manchester, which is testing various experimental and environmentally friendly principles. The homes use a variety of energy sources, from geo-thermal and solar power to wind energy.

The village was developed in line with sustainable development principles and to transform a brownfield former munitions site. All landscaping was designed so that no earth was transported off-site with the stripped top soil now in mounds dotted around the village.

The transport strategy also incorporates sustainable principles with cycle lanes and public transport included in the masterplan and a new railway station was built.

The village name came from the area of land the new development stands on, that was known as Buckshaw, before it was requisitioned by the MOD in the 1930s and is now part of Euxton Parish.

The design of Buckshaw Village was laid out to incorporate all the elements of a traditional village and create a real sense of community.

To reflect how a ‘real’ village feels,a mix of town-houses, two storey apartments and houses are arranged in courtyard, mews and street settings.

There are shops, a primary school, health centre and outdoor sports amenities including a multi sports area, grass football pitches and Astroturf.

It falls within Chorley and South Ribble councils.