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Residents offered blank canvas over revised theme park plans

We have launched a public consultation on development of the former Camelot Theme Park site in Chorley. Local residents and community stakeholders will be asked what they think should be included in the proposed development of the site at a series of public exhibitions next week.

We are undertaking a two stage public consultation on the development of the brownfield site in Charnock Richard and want to hear what local people think the site should be used for. A planning application for new homes on the site was refused in August last year, but we have chosen not to appeal this decision. Instead, we are starting from scratch with plans and want the local community to be involved from the outset.

To hear what local people think about the plans for the former Camelot Theme Park site, a public exhibition has been arranged to allow residents to speak with members of the development team and contribute ideas and suggestions on what the plans should include.

John Jackson, Head of Land and Planning at Story Homes, said:”We believe that that the best way to deliver a sensible solution to the development of this site is to work closely with the local community. We want to work with residents, councillors, stakeholders and other interested parties in developing a revised scheme.

“The site has been vacant since Camelot closed its doors in 2012 and, sadly, the state of the site has declined even further in the year since the previous application was refused due to substantial vandalism, exacerbated through fire damage, and theft. We want to deliver a sensitively designed residential-led development that integrates into the existing community, as well as provide local benefits, such as jobs, opportunities for public open space, community facilities or employment space”.

We are committed to involving communities in the development of plans and ensuring that development proposals respond to the needs and priorities of local people. These events are the first exhibitions in a two-stage consultation process and will be followed by further exhibitions in December to showcase draft plans. This second exhibition will provide an opportunity for the community to view a draft scheme that incorporates the comments and suggestions received from local people. This second exhibition will also provide further opportunity to comment on the plans prior to an application being submitted to Chorley Borough Council.

John Jackson added:“We want local people to tell us what they would like to see as part of the redevelopment of the former Camelot Theme Park site.”

 

The public exhibitions will take place at the following locations:

  • Best Western Park Hall Hotel, Park Hall Rd, Charnock Richard, Preston, Lancashire PR7 5LP, 2pm to 5pm on Thursday 5 November 2015;
  • Heskin Hall, Wood Lane, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 5PA, 12 noon to 3pm on Friday 6 October 2015;
  • Charnock Richard Community Centre, Old School, Charter Lane, Charnock Richard, PR7 5LZ, 9am to 12 noon on Saturday, Saturday 7 November 2015;
  • Eccleston Scout Hut, Drapers Avenue, Eccleston, PR7 5SY, 12 noon to 3pm on Monday 9 November.
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