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Community to be consulted on Camelot redevelopment

A planning application which was submitted for new homes on the former Camelot Theme Park site will not be appealed.

House builder Story Homes has decided not to appeal the decision of Chorley Borough Council to refuse permission to build up to 420 homes on the site in 2014.

John Jackson, Planning Manager for Story Homes said: “We have taken the decision not to appeal the planning refusal for Camelot. Instead, we will continue to work closely with the public and the Council to revise our plans for the site in the hope that we can come up with a suitable scheme which meets everybody’s expectations and needs.

“We recognise that local residents have ideas and opinions about this site and we look forward to working closely with neighbours, residents, Chorley Borough Council and Lancashire County Council to shape the plans.”

Following public consultation in 2014, Story Homes originally proposed to build 420 new homes on the former theme park site which closed in 2012, after years of decline. The plan was to provide a wide range of quality houses in a sensitively planned and attractive environment, including up to 35% affordable housing for local people.

The scheme would have redeveloped the brownfield land to create a ‘green’ village with landscaping and access for the public, along with 20 acres of public open space in the form of play spaces, new footpath connections, biodiversity areas and accessible landscaping. A package of transport measures was proposed to promote site accessibility including a new bus service and a range of pedestrian and cycle improvements to connect the site with the surrounding area.

The next engagement process will begin in Spring 2015 and local residents and other interested members of the public are encouraged to get involved to help shape new plans.

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