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Charnock Richard

Charter Lane - Charnock Richard - Chorley - Lancashire - PR7 5LZ

Taylor Wimpey is consulting about a proposed site for the delivery of new high quality family homes and associated infrastructure in Charnock Richard.

  • Overview

    High Quality New Family Homes Proposal for Charnock Richard

    Taylor Wimpey is consulting about a proposed site for the delivery of new high quality family homes and associated infrastructure in Charnock Richard, Chorley.

    Thank you to those who attended our two drop-in events in March 2015 and March 2016. Detail of these events is set out in the ‘What’s Proposed’ section of this website. The feedback received has helped inform our final masterplan that has been submitted alongside our outline planning application.

    Since Chorley Borough Council validated the application in June 2016, we continued to listen to and take on board the comments received by the local community. Based on this feedback we later decided to reduce our application from 90 to up to 60 new homes.  

    The amended application has been published by the Council on their website. More information can be found on the updates tab.

    Unfortunately the Committee refused our application in March 2017 in line with their Officer recommendation.

    We will be keeping the local community informed on our next steps, however in the meantime, please register your interest and let us know your comments by clicking the box at the top of this page.

    For up to date information you can visit us on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/taylorwimpeycharnockrichard 

  • About the site

    Location and description

    The land in question measures approximately 3.4 hectares on the western side of the village. It is currently used for private horse grazing and is surrounded on all sides with an established residential area to the east, Christ Church Charnock Richard Church of England primary school and associated playing fields to the north, a line of detached/semi-detached dwellings and bungalows to the west along Charter Lane and further residential dwellings are situated to the south beyond Charnock Richard Football Club.

    The village of Charnock Richard has a population of approximately 1,900 residents and (in our opinion) has a very friendly community feel with an active community centre which organise summer festivals and sporting activities. The village is approximately 2.5 km to the south west of the town of Chorley which has a wide range of shops and services and a train station serving Bolton, Manchester and Preston.

    CR Location plan-page-001Chater lane redline 2015 small

    The historic maps below show how the village has changed over the last Century. In 1912 there is no established residential area with only a few scattered farm buildings present. In 1960, the first street of housing along Leeson Avenue was established, comprising approximately 50 residential properties whilst a handful of homes have been developed on Chorley Lane. It is not until 1971-1991 that the village experiences real growth with houses being developed on both sides of Chorley Lane and east of Leeson Lane/south of Church Lane. We can see how this residential growth has led to the establishment of the Primary School, Public House, playing fields and various other services and facilities in order to sustain the growing population.

     CR historic map 1912-page-001CR historic map 1960-page-001CR historic map 1979-91-page-001

     1912                                                                               1960                                                                                 1971-1991


  • What's proposed

    What's proposed?

    We have listened to the comments from local residents and we believe the site represents a great opportunity to deliver:

    • A well designed sustainable development for families which will complement the existing rural character of Charnock Richard;

    • The provision a new publically accessible well-planned greenspace network, well integrated into the existing Charnock Richard urban area;

    • Infrastructure enhancements to the immediate area, potentially including new off road parking provision, junction improvements, a new local shop, and enhancements to existing community buildings/facilities

    Chater lane urban design graphics 2

    The sketch above shows the opportunities within the site

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    The design principles above have taken into account the constraints and opportunities within the site in order to inform the final masterplan which will form part of the 'Outline' application. As you can see we have now included the village shop, added community parking close to Charter Lane and the school to ensure it is accessible and sought to protect the privacy of existing properties. The Key sets out the significance of each of the colours, however for clarity the 'Proposed indicative building frontages' could be a range of house styles such as mews, semi-detached and detached.

    We have provided good pedestrian connectivity throughout the site which creates integration with the wider area and the creation of publically accessible open space will provide a focus point that both existing and new residents can use. 

    Community Consultation

    In March 2015 we started talking to the local community in Charnock Richard about the proposals for the land off Charter Lane. An event was held at Charnock Richard football club for local residents to share their ideas and views. This was a real day one, in the sense that we presented no formal plans, but rather a set of initial ideas. We even had a 'word cloud' where residents could write their views on the village about how it was perceived.

    We you like to thank everyone that attended on the day for their contributions, which were extremely useful and informative. Whilst a large number of people were positive about the proposals, all agreed it was important that certain key questions were answered.

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    Following the first community event we took some time away to gather the feedback received. Taking on board the community's ideas and issues raised we presented the following proposals during our March 2016 drop-in event, again at Charnock Richard football club.

    One way in which we have responded to feedback is through the provision of car parking spaces within our development. Congestion on Charter Lane is one of the biggest concerns felt by residents and we therefore hope to alleviate the issue by providing new public use car parking which can be used during school pick up and drop off times or when there is a football match taking place (for example).

    Another benefit we hope to bring to the local community is the provision of a village shop should it continue to be an aspiration of local residents.

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    Since we submitted our planning application we have continued to consult with the local community and take on board any comments received. 

    It has been clear that the biggest concern to local people has been the potential impact the scale of a 90 dwelling scheme will have on surrounding services and infrastructure. Despite receiving no technical objections to the planning application from statutory consultees, we have taken community comments on board and have therefore amended our application from 90 dwellings to up to 60 dwellings. 

    These changes have effected the masterplan accordingly:

    • The space between new homes and existing homes along Leeson Avenue and Charter Lane has increased to enable a larger stand-off between neighbouring properties;
    • There is more open green space throughout the development;
    • The community parking area has been extended to accommodate up to 20 spaces; and
    • The community orchard has been extended along the northern boundary.

    We believe this creates a well thought-out, sustainable extension to the village which can benefit both new and existing residents. 


    Question 1: Why do we need new homes?

    Britain is suffering from a severe housing crisis. There are not enough homes being built and the facts highlight the severity of the current situation.

    The average mortgage deposit is a staggering £27,000, yet the average salary is just over £26,000, leading to increasing numbers of people being priced out of the property market. Those that do manage to get their foot on the property ladder do so at the age of 37 (and rising) compared to an average age of 23 during the 1960s. Furthermore, over half of these first time buyers can only purchase a new home after receiving financial assistance from their parents. Unless new homes are built, the situation remains bleak.

    Nationally there is a need for the around 250,000 new homes to be built each year in England, and at present we only building roughly half that amount. The impact of this is wide reaching as the supply of new homes cannot keep up with demand; this is as much of a case in Chorley Borough as it is in London (for example).

    The Government recognised the urgent need for new homes and published the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in March 2012 to streamline national planning policy. At the heart of the NPPF is a drive towards sustainable development and a commitment to delivering a substantial number of new homes to assist in providing economic growth. In turn, residential development will contribute to building a strong economy, promote vibrant and healthy communities, as well as protect and enhance the environment.

    Places need to change to survive and prosper, which can be seen from the growth of Charnock Richard in the past (see the historical maps). Each time there has been growth this has changed Charnock Richard, but changed it into the place it is today, a place people are proud to live in. We hope that this development can be the next stage of this growth in providing a future for the village and a future for the next generation of residents.


    Question 2: What is the land’s planning position within the Chorley Local Plan?

    Within the 2015 Chorley Local Plan, the site is located within the settlement area of Charnock Richard and is not designated for any particular use. This is unusual, however it may have originally been to allow some development in the future when required in the village.

    In sharp contrast, the rural areas surrounding Charnock Richard (outside the settlement boundary) are all designated as Green Belt which is the highest level of protection in England. If housing needs are to be met within Charnock Richard and local improvements delivered, our proposal site is one of very few opportunities.

    This current housing requirement for Chorley Borough is a minimum of 417 new homes per year being built. This is an outdated figure carried forward from a time when growth was prioritised within the regional cities of Liverpool and Manchester and pushed away from other areas. Therefore this 417 number is artificially low and does not take into account Chorley’s actual housing needs.

    The most recent 2014-based Household Projections for England produced by the central government suggest that Chorley requires 482 new homes per year but this doesn’t take into account factors such as economic growth, the previous under delivery of homes and the affordable housing needs of the Borough.

    We have done this work through housing analysts Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners; we believe Chorley needs at least 618 new homes to be delivered every year to meet the needs of the Borough.

    The 2012 Central Lancashire Core Strategy, which covers the spatial and level of growth for the Boroughs of Chorley, South Ribble and Preston requires that rural areas should provide at least 1,700 new homes before 2026. With increasing housing needs across the Borough this figure is also likely to increase by around 50%.

    We believe this land can help meet some of these local needs whilst at the same time delivering local benefits for local people.

     Local Plan Extract

    Question 3: How will the village cope with additional traffic brought by the development?

    As part of the planning application (at the point in time when we submit), Taylor Wimpey will undertake a full Traffic Assessment of the surrounding road network. This will include full surveys on Charter Lane and at the junctions of Chorley Lane and Church Lane. These surveys are undertaken during the day and also at identified peak hours (e.g. School drop-off and pick-up times). The results of this will be tested by the officers at Chorley Council and Lancashire County Council. This Transport Assessment will identify any improvements that need to take place as part of the development.

    The width of Charter Lane was raised as a concern by some residents who live on the road. Unfortunately this road and the adjoining land is out of our control, making it impossible for us to widen the road. We are however proposing to allocate a number of parking spaces at the front of our development. This will help alleviate on-road parking during peak times and will hopefully take away some of the congestion on Charter Lane.


    Question 4: The fields and gardens surrounding the site are prone to flooding, what is the plan to alleviate this issue? 

    The image below is an extract from the Environment Agency Flood Risk map which can also be viewed here: http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/wiybyController?value=Charnock+Richard%2C+Lancashire&submit.x=15&submit.y=5&submit=Search%09&lang=_e&ep=map&topic=floodmap&layerGroups=default&scale=11&textonly=off

    It is important to stress that the land is not at risk of Flooding of any type.

    As part of our planning application however (at the point in time when we submit), Taylor Wimpey will have to undertake a full drainage and flood risk assessment to the specialists at Chorley Council and the Environment Agency to ensure that the proposals do not impact upon both the existing and new build properties. Should the existing drainage network be at full capacity then we will be required to provide new drainage systems. Our specialist drainage consultants are currently liaising with United Utilities to ensure our strategy conforms to requirements of Lancashire County Council and Chorley Council. 

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    Question 5: There are few local facilities within Charnock Richard and services such as the school and doctors surgeries are already at full capacity. How will the village cope with an increasing population?

    We are looking at the opportunity to accommodate a community shop within our development. This is based on feedback received from the community to date and we would like to discuss this further.

    Generally larger populations support better shops and services. If people use them and shop locally, such shops and services grow and thrive. The Dog and Partridge pub in the village is a good example of when this works.

    Finally in respect of public services, Chorley Borough Council requires house builders such as Taylor Wimpey to pay CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) through their developments which is charged at £65/Sqm; on this land the amount payable could reach as much as £300,000 subject to the makeup of the scheme.

    CIL is a planning charge which helps the Council deliver the infrastructure required to support the development. It is up to the Council to determine how this money will be spent but examples include schemes which benefit local transport, schools, hospitals, leisure centers etc. We are keen to work with the Council, the Parish Council and any other groups to establish how we can improve and contribute to existing and new facilities within Charnock Richard. Importantly a share of this money goes to Charnock Parish Council to spend.

    More information on this can be found here: http://chorley.gov.uk/Pages/AtoZ/Planning-Policy.aspx

  • Community

    What will the development bring to the area?

    This proposed residential development, consisting of up to a total of 60 homes in Charnock Richard can bring a number of economic benefits to the local area.

    These could include:

    • £3.7m expected additional Gross Value Added (GVA) per year from direct and indirect jobs
    • £370,000 anticipated spend on goods and services by people as the move in to the new houses, to make them feel like home
    • £1.4m total spend by residents
    • £63,000 additional Council Tax revenues per year
    • £422,000 New Homes Bonus payments
    • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payment of over £300,000, £44,000 of which will be received by the Parish Council who can decide how these funds will be spent
    • Potential for a community run village shop on site
    • Potential for community parking on site


    What Taylor Wimpey have been doing in your area

    Taylor Wimpey prides itself for being a successful developer that does much more than build homes. As a considerate, responsible developer, we have an ongoing commitment to working in partnership with local communities. We want to make a positive contribution to the wider communities in which we build.

    Euxton Cricket Club

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    We are the proud 2015/2016 sponsor of the under 13s team at Euxton Cricket Club.

    Andrew Stringfellow, chairman at Euxton Cricket Club, comments: “It’s great that a national company as established as Taylor Wimpey is supporting the club. Donations like this are crucial as they enable us to provide the facilities we do for so many local people.”

    Walk to School Month for St Catherine's Catholic Primary School

    Walk to School Month is an annual nationwide campaign to promote the benefits of walking to school, therefore resulting in healthier young people and less traffic on the roads. We are committed to supporting the communities where we build our new homes, which is why we have donated 85 wrist bands to St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School.

    Barbara Coulton, head teacher at St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School explains: “We encourage the children to walk to school to promote a healthier lifestyle; in addition to reducing traffic outside the school.  We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will help raise the profile of Walk to School Month amongst pupils and parents alike."

  • Updates

    Anticipated Timescales


    First community drop-in event

    March 2015

    Second community drop-in event

    March 2016

    Planning application submission

    June 2016

    Revised planning application submission

    November 2016

    Planning Committee

    March 2017

    An outline planning application was submitted on the site in June 2016 which was later reduced in November 2016. The amended application is for up to 60 high quality new homes, the provision of a new community village shop, car parking for the community, new accessible public spaces and associated infrastructure.

    Unfortunately the Committee refused our application in March 2017 in line with their Officer recommendation. 

    The decision notice can be viewed by visiting the Council website below and using the application reference number: 16/00510/OUTMAJ


    We are currently reviewing our next steps.

    Please get in touch if you have any questions or you would like any additional information!