Approval for two West Lancashire housing schemes

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Croft Transport Planning and Design has played a role in gaining planning consent for two West Lancashire housing developments.

Croft was part of the planning team for the first phase of a multi-million-pound housing development in Skelmersdale on behalf of Seddon Construction and Laurus Homes.

Laurus Homes – part of Trafford Housing Trust and L&Q Developments LLP – will develop 120 two, three and four-bedroom homes at Whalleys Road, Whalleys South in the scheme’s £20.7m first phase.

Being built by Seddon Construction, 84 of the homes will be sold on the open market with the remainder a mix of shared ownership and affordable rent. 15 of the homes will be adaptable homes for older people.

Working alongside planning consultants Turley, Croft provided masterplanning advice and off-site highways advice for the planning application. Work on phase one is expected to start in summer 2019, with homes released for sale in 2020.

Graeme Scott, development director at THT, said: “The development of this site is key to the regeneration of Skelmersdale, improving housing choice in the area and wider economic growth ambitions for West Lancashire.

“Whalleys South is a sign of our commitment to partnership working as Laurus Homes. We are proud of our innovative development model, which sees us reinvest all profits into providing more new homes and supporting wider social purpose initiatives.”

Meanwhile, Croft has also assisted on a planning application to help facilitate Burscough FC’s move to a new purpose-built stadium by helping gain planning approval for new housing on its existing ground.

Croft provided transport statement support for the planning application. It follows support already provided by Croft on the planning application for the new stadium on an adjacent four-acre plot, which was approved in 2017.

The existing stadium will be demolished to make way for a new development by housing provider Torus. This will provide 52 affordable homes, including apartments aimed at over 55s.

Croft worked alongside planning consultants Smith & Love and architect ABW on this scheme. The application has been approved by West Lancashire Council’s planning committee, with a final decision being awaited by the Secretary of State.