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  • Council 'delighted' after proposals to build more than 200 homes in Skelmersdale are approved

    Henry James

    WEST Lancashire Borough Council has said they are “delighted” after proposals to build more than 200 homes in Skelmersdale have been approved by councillors.

    Gleeson Homes had put in the application to build the homes at Northway, Birch Green Road and Digmoor Road.

    The Planning Committee approved the application and committee chairman Cllr Gareth Dowling said: "Following scrutiny and discussion, Councillors resoundingly backed the development of more than 200 houses across three sites in Skelmersdale. With these homes being started within a 6-month period we can truly say that the regeneration of Skelmersdale is continuing."

    West Lancashire Borough Council has approved the application. A borough council spokesman commented: “The sites at Evenwood, the former Digmoor Sports Centre and at Findon, next to Firbeck, will provide local residents with the opportunity to buy their own homes at a more affordable price than the current market value.

    “The strong interest in these town centre sites is demonstrating the increased developer demand to bring new homes to Skelmersdale. Thanks to a new joint approach between a forward-looking developer and the council a creative and innovative way of providing significant numbers of affordable homes has been found for an area which needs regeneration.

    “The homes will be priced so they can be afforded by 90% of local couples in full time employment.

    “Building a large number of houses in the town centre shows confidence of developers to invest in Skelmersdale and links in with the wider regeneration programme, the sites being close to the new town centre.

    “The council is delighted to see developers choosing to build in Skelmersdale and we look forward to these houses becoming available in the coming years.”

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