A NEW housing development with 280 luxury homes earmarked for Hapton has moved a step closer.
The former William Blythe chemical works land is set to be sold off to property developers to create a leafy estate on the 38-acre site.
The ex-industrial site, off Manchester Road, has undergone a £2m. “land capping” programme over the past six months by owners Yule Catto.
Now the prime residential development plot, which runs alongside the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, has been placed on the market.
Mike Dove, of property consultancy Dove, Haigh Phillips, which is the sole marketing agents for the development, said: “There will be large areas of open space and a restored country park within the green belt for the use of residents of the development and the wider Hapton community, providing a network of green corridors through the site linking the canal towpath with the new country park area.
“The optimum capacity for a potential housing development is 14.3 acres, where up to 280 high-quality houses can be built within a pleasant green setting by the historic canal. It has the potential to be really stunning.”
Detailed discussions have taken place with Burnley Borough Council that the site would be suitable for almost 300 homes subject to planning permission.
Mr Dove said: “This is a superb development opportunity in an excellent location. It overlooks the historic Leeds-Liverpool canal, a key asset which adds to its charm, and provides easy access to the major North-West conurbations and the Greater Manchester area.
“It is located on the edge of Hapton village which has a traditional rural character and is surrounded by attractive open countryside. It benefits from a high-level of accessibility including a railway station, providing an hourly service to Preston, and close links to Junction 8 of the M65”.
Mr Dove added: “Importantly, the surrounding area is seeing significant regeneration, with key employment areas, such as Eshton’s pioneering Burnley Bridge Business Park currently under development”.
Christine Pucket-Goulden, chairman of Hapton Parish Council, welcomed the news about the development.
She said: “It can only be a good thing. It will bring more infrastructure into the village. They have got to look at schools with a major development of this size. We have got one of the best schools in the county and people are fighting to get in there.
“We want young people in the village. We want it to be a really vibrant village.
“We have always said, with places like the BBC in Manchester down the road, there would be no better place to live.”
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