Views wanted on plans for 110 new homes in Darwen

Blackburn Citizen: Artist impression of the new development Artist impression of the new development

DEVELOPERS have unveiled plans to build 110 executive homes at Cranberry Lane in Darwen.

And bosses at Bloor Homes want to hear people’s views about the plans to build a mix of three, four and five-bedroom homes on the fields between Cranberry Lane and Spring Vale Garden Village.

The proposal comes after the area was designated for development under Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Local Plan.

Because of new Government house-building targets, the council had to identify greenfield sites for 9,400 new homes across the borough.

Developers propose that the new estate would feature a children’s play area, a lagoon to act as a focal point and provide opportunities for ‘ecological enhancements’ and vehicular access from two points on Cranberry Lane.

Stephen Barlow, strategic land director at Bloor Homes, said: “Not only are we proposing to deliver executive-style homes, in line with a key aspiration in the council’s emerging Local Plan, but we want also to provide a hefty cash boost for the borough, which could be used to regenerate communities and deliver affordable housing where it is needed.

“Before we submit a planning application, we will be consulting with local residents and community stakeholders.

“Working with local people is a crucial part of our development process and genuinely helps to shape our plans, so please take the time to let us know what you think about our proposals.”

Marsh House town councillor Simon Huggill said: “We will be holding a public meeting in the next few weeks for people to come and discuss the proposal.

“There are a few issues that spring to mind for me, the first being access. I am also concerned about water run-off. There are a lot of things to discuss, like is there a demand for this type of housing when we have 134 similar homes supposedly being built at the bottom of Pole Lane?”

Leaflets have been sent to residents and a website has been set up at www.cranberrylanedarwen.co.uk and any residents who wish to voice concerns can call 0844 5563002.

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7:32pm Thu 22 May 14

Chuck-Norris says...

It sounds lovely - shame it's in Darwen
It sounds lovely - shame it's in Darwen Chuck-Norris
  • Score: -8

9:00am Sun 25 May 14

Unhappycyclist says...

I really don't understand what the council are up to with their "Local Plan".

Why propose/allocate greenfield sites like Bailey's Field and Cranberry Lane, whilst other projects, like Belgrave, remain unfinished?
I really don't understand what the council are up to with their "Local Plan". Why propose/allocate greenfield sites like Bailey's Field and Cranberry Lane, whilst other projects, like Belgrave, remain unfinished? Unhappycyclist
  • Score: 5

1:15pm Wed 28 May 14

cloud999 says...

Unhappycyclist wrote:
I really don't understand what the council are up to with their "Local Plan".

Why propose/allocate greenfield sites like Bailey's Field and Cranberry Lane, whilst other projects, like Belgrave, remain unfinished?
A simple google search would answer your question...
[quote][p][bold]Unhappycyclist[/bold] wrote: I really don't understand what the council are up to with their "Local Plan". Why propose/allocate greenfield sites like Bailey's Field and Cranberry Lane, whilst other projects, like Belgrave, remain unfinished?[/p][/quote]A simple google search would answer your question... cloud999
  • Score: 1

9:05pm Wed 28 May 14

wazzaz says...

It's all very well to aspirate especially if one can also enunciate. Seriously every home was once a green field at some point. This looks a good development for Darwen. I shall aspire as I fill out my lottery slip.
It's all very well to aspirate especially if one can also enunciate. Seriously every home was once a green field at some point. This looks a good development for Darwen. I shall aspire as I fill out my lottery slip. wazzaz
  • Score: 0

11:15pm Sun 8 Jun 14

meloni says...

We should improve what is there already, not destroy somewhere that is nice. It is impossible to sell houses in Darwen at the moment so why build more. The Belgrave Rd site is terrible sort that eyesore out before destroying a pleasant green place.
We should improve what is there already, not destroy somewhere that is nice. It is impossible to sell houses in Darwen at the moment so why build more. The Belgrave Rd site is terrible sort that eyesore out before destroying a pleasant green place. meloni
  • Score: 1

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