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At a meeting with Littleborough Civic Trust on 28th October 2019, Homes England (H.M. Govt. Housing & Communities Agency) regarding the future of the former Akzo Nobel site Hollingworth Rd., Littleborough, clarified that they were planning to carry out a renewed Coal Mining Risk Assessment, Traffic Assessment and Ecology survey of the site in the next few months.
This will form a part of a Technical Pack for developers to bid for the site. The selected developer will take the site forward to a full planning application in spring 2021. Homes England will work with the selected developer to comply with the Local Planning Authorities policy on Affordable Housing.
Homes England is committed to continuing to discuss the scheme with Littleborough Civic Trust to ensure community engagement during the planning and delivery process.
It would appear, from the outcome of the meeting that they (H.E) have taken heed of the Civic Trust’s information and concerns and that they are beginning the process again in its entirety.
We have to recognise the fact that it is actually a brownfield site and does not impinge on any green belt land.
However, that does not detract from the fact that Littleborough’s infrastructure remains totally inadequate in many aspects and thus, if residential development is the focus then our concerns are valid..