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Sites earmarked for new Darwen houses

FOUR sites in Darwen have been earmarked for development by the council as part of a Government policy that could see 9,000 homes built across the borough over 15 years.

Bailey’s Field, off Marsh House Lane, the former Darwen Moorland High School site and land near Cranberry Lane are all being looked at by planners.

Those sites are joined by the land between Pole Lane and Spring Meadows, which is already the subject of a controversial planning application to build 133 new homes.

Planning officials said they had been forced to look at their options after the Government published the National Planning Policy Framework in March in a bid to stimulate the economy through house building.

At a meeting of Darwen Town Council, planning chiefs Neil Rogers and David Proctor unveiled Blackburn with Darwen Council’s plans to colleagues.

Mr Proctor said: “Like it or not, building on brownfield sites cannot be done because of the market. In terms of viability, these are the type of sites housebuilders can build on.”

Mr Proctor said a number of consultations would be held with local residents, although dates and locations of these had yet to be confirmed.

He said: “There are major issues such as traffic, flooding and mine shafts which will all be taken into consideration.

“We want to explore the benefits of development and bring it forward in a planned way, rather than have planning by appeal.”

Marsh House councillor Frank Connor said the Government’s policy had been drawn up based on the south.

He said: “The Government says this will create lots of jobs, but there is no proof that will happen in the North West.

“There is no way those figures can be met around here.

“It seems to me they just want to make it easier for house builders to get planning permission.”

Sudell councillor Roy Davies said more focus should be on developing empty homes in the town.

He said: “I’ve got more than 200 empty properties in my ward and these are the houses that need to be developed.”

Mr Proctor said whether the development of existing homes could be incorporated into the 9,000 was being investigated.

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2:55pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Malthus says...

I wondered how long it would be before building commenced on the site of Moorland School.
I wondered how long it would be before building commenced on the site of Moorland School. Malthus
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3:52pm Thu 8 Nov 12

guinless says...

it was said all along by the council that there would be no housing development on the moorland site when they built the academy despite what all darreners knew surprise surprise they are now considering the site for housing development this is just a smack in the teeth to all the people who lost their homess to make way for ron aldrdges abortion!!"
it was said all along by the council that there would be no housing development on the moorland site when they built the academy despite what all darreners knew surprise surprise they are now considering the site for housing development this is just a smack in the teeth to all the people who lost their homess to make way for ron aldrdges abortion!!" guinless
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7:05pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Symboy21 says...

How about finishing the sites already started and redeveloping empty properties first.
How about finishing the sites already started and redeveloping empty properties first. Symboy21
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9:12pm Thu 8 Nov 12

andynic says...

well something is goin on at the old moorland site been cranes here for past 2 days movin the prefab buidings :)
well something is goin on at the old moorland site been cranes here for past 2 days movin the prefab buidings :) andynic
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9:40pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Excluded again says...

guinless wrote:
it was said all along by the council that there would be no housing development on the moorland site when they built the academy despite what all darreners knew surprise surprise they are now considering the site for housing development this is just a smack in the teeth to all the people who lost their homess to make way for ron aldrdges abortion!!"
I'd be interested in any actual quote you could provide from the Council to say there would never be any house building on the Moorland site.

My recollection is that the Council said it had no specific plans for the Moorland site - it could be re-used for any number of things. The announcement of the site for the Academy was in 2004 and only now are there proposals for housing on the Moorland site. Which still may or may not happen.
[quote][p][bold]guinless[/bold] wrote: it was said all along by the council that there would be no housing development on the moorland site when they built the academy despite what all darreners knew surprise surprise they are now considering the site for housing development this is just a smack in the teeth to all the people who lost their homess to make way for ron aldrdges abortion!!"[/p][/quote]I'd be interested in any actual quote you could provide from the Council to say there would never be any house building on the Moorland site. My recollection is that the Council said it had no specific plans for the Moorland site - it could be re-used for any number of things. The announcement of the site for the Academy was in 2004 and only now are there proposals for housing on the Moorland site. Which still may or may not happen. Excluded again
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2:46am Fri 9 Nov 12

english rose 1 says...

Symboy21 wrote:
How about finishing the sites already started and redeveloping empty properties first.
The Government has recently changed the rules Symboy. They are now saying that 'greenfield' development MUST be brought forward in addition to 'brownfield' + those already started & empty homes.
[quote][p][bold]Symboy21[/bold] wrote: How about finishing the sites already started and redeveloping empty properties first.[/p][/quote]The Government has recently changed the rules Symboy. They are now saying that 'greenfield' development MUST be brought forward in addition to 'brownfield' + those already started & empty homes. english rose 1
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2:50am Fri 9 Nov 12

english rose 1 says...

guinless wrote:
it was said all along by the council that there would be no housing development on the moorland site when they built the academy despite what all darreners knew surprise surprise they are now considering the site for housing development this is just a smack in the teeth to all the people who lost their homess to make way for ron aldrdges abortion!!"
Agree with Excluded again..... the Council never said that there would not be any housing development on the Moorland site ...

Can you provide any proof of your statement guinless ?
[quote][p][bold]guinless[/bold] wrote: it was said all along by the council that there would be no housing development on the moorland site when they built the academy despite what all darreners knew surprise surprise they are now considering the site for housing development this is just a smack in the teeth to all the people who lost their homess to make way for ron aldrdges abortion!!"[/p][/quote]Agree with Excluded again..... the Council never said that there would not be any housing development on the Moorland site ... Can you provide any proof of your statement guinless ? english rose 1
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12:24pm Fri 9 Nov 12

johndarwen says...

He said: “The Government says this will create lots of jobs, but there is no proof that will happen in the North West.
Now this is a bloody joke, How can you create more jobs when the fools are pulling down mills to build houses or make more brown land?
You need business to create jobs and builds to have jobs in.
Blackburn want to keep all business in industrial areas, That is something Darwen has lost .
He said: “The Government says this will create lots of jobs, but there is no proof that will happen in the North West. Now this is a bloody joke, How can you create more jobs when the fools are pulling down mills to build houses or make more brown land? You need business to create jobs and builds to have jobs in. Blackburn want to keep all business in industrial areas, That is something Darwen has lost . johndarwen
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4:09pm Fri 9 Nov 12

english rose 1 says...

johndarwen wrote:
He said: “The Government says this will create lots of jobs, but there is no proof that will happen in the North West.
Now this is a bloody joke, How can you create more jobs when the fools are pulling down mills to build houses or make more brown land?
You need business to create jobs and builds to have jobs in.
Blackburn want to keep all business in industrial areas, That is something Darwen has lost .
Agree with your sentiments, - job creation is vital. The Govt think the construction industry will create lots of housebuilding jobs & associated jobs when folks move home. But that ain't going to happen in a stagnant market where first-time buyers can't get on the ladder either.
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There is quite a bit of industrial zoned land in Darwen though. Down by the motorway, the Hollins site, down by India Mill / Redearth and the large sites at Chapels/Goosehouse for example.
[quote][p][bold]johndarwen[/bold] wrote: He said: “The Government says this will create lots of jobs, but there is no proof that will happen in the North West. Now this is a bloody joke, How can you create more jobs when the fools are pulling down mills to build houses or make more brown land? You need business to create jobs and builds to have jobs in. Blackburn want to keep all business in industrial areas, That is something Darwen has lost .[/p][/quote]Agree with your sentiments, - job creation is vital. The Govt think the construction industry will create lots of housebuilding jobs & associated jobs when folks move home. But that ain't going to happen in a stagnant market where first-time buyers can't get on the ladder either. * There is quite a bit of industrial zoned land in Darwen though. Down by the motorway, the Hollins site, down by India Mill / Redearth and the large sites at Chapels/Goosehouse for example. english rose 1
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