Tuesday 4 February 2014
Plans submitted to develop derelict former Camelot theme park site
Story Homes has submitted plans to develop a major derelict brownfield site near Chorley. The planning application, submitted to Chorley Borough Council, relates to the former Camelot theme park site, which has been derelict since 2012.
The plans are for up to 420 new homes, including 35% of properties classed as affordable, available to local people. A high quality design integrated into the landscape will bring a range of social, economic and environmental benefits to the area. These include:
A package of sustainable transport measures and improvements to local pedestrian and cycling networks.
The site will, for the first time, enable wider access to the countryside and provide significant open space, including children’s play areas, additional green spaces and allotments.
Economic benefits generated by the proposed scheme include significant New Homes Bonus funding and additional substantial funding for the provision of new infrastructure to support the development. New jobs will be created for local people, directly employed on the construction of the development and indirectly as sub contractors and suppliers through the local supply chain.
Dan Barton, Development Planner for Story Homes said: “We are pleased to be submitting these plans which provide a long term sustainable solution for the redevelopment of this derelict brownfield site, whilst also providing a significant package of community benefits.
“The former Camelot theme park had suffered from substantial long term decline over a number of years before it no longer became viable as a tourist attraction. There is a need to redevelop the site which will otherwise remain vacant.
“Following a period of consultation, we have refined our planning application to address local issues and we look forward to further discussing the proposals with the Council as the application progresses.”
In recent months the land has been the target of unauthorised encampments by travellers as well as trespassers, creating security and health and safety issues. Story Homes hopes to create a high quality scheme that is respective of the wider landscape setting.