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Plans approved for 140 Goosnargh homes

Community Gateway Association has been granted planning permission to build up to 140 new homes on an 8.7-hectare site in Goosnargh, Lancashire.

PWA Planning has advised Community Gateway Association and the landowner on the planning application for the development, 45 per cent of which will be affordable homes.

The masterplan for the site includes open green spaces, including a formal community green, as well as a new public car park to allow extra parking for the nearby village hall and primary school.

Paul Walton, director at PWA Planning, said: “This development will make an important contribution to affordable housing provision in the area over the coming years, helping people who have grown up in Goosnargh to stay in the area.

“These will be quality homes designed to be in keeping with the surroundings, but which will also help other settlements in the vicinity retain their character and identity.

“There are numerous community benefits to the new scheme, including access to new green space, new footpaths and cycle paths and improved parking provision.”

Louise Mattinson, executive director of customers and communities at Community Gateway Association, said: “We’re pleased to have gained permission for this development which will provide new affordable housing in a popular location.

“It’s an area where few other options for affordable housing exist, so it’s an exciting opportunity for local people looking to get on the property ladder.

“We will now be working to finalise our plans for the site to ensure the new homes we build are of a suitable size and quality to meet the needs of the local community.”

The proposed homes would all be two-storeys in height and would be built in materials and an architectural style in keeping with existing buildings in the area.

It is expected that a detailed landscape plan would be proposed for the site, consisting of new trees, hedges, shrubs, climbers, bulbs and wildflowers.

The new community car park would be accessed through a one-way access off Church Lane and will lead users back out of the main site access off Mill Lane. New footpaths and cycle routes within the development will also link to the existing footpath network.

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