OWLs write that “Downing Students , in partnership with West Lancashire Borough Council, are looking to bring forward plans for the redevelopment of the existing BUS STATION and CAR PARK in Ormskirk Town Centre.
What do you think?
The plan is for 199 student beds, two retail units, plus a smaller bus station. Buses will be required to reverse, and there will be fewer bus stops.
We note that the proposals are for 4 storeys. Compare this to the height of the adjacent and surrounding buildings. 4 storeys seems like it will be taller than anything existing in that area, but perhaps not on the computer graphics?
Do you think there will be enough space for all the buses?
What about visiting coaches? What about the 16,000 new homes planned for West Lancashire?
One correspondent asked could it better serve as accommodation for vulnerable elderly people? We’d like to hear your ideas too; tell us below. OWL are calling for a FULL PUBLIC consultation, not a routine planning consultation . Currently there are no plans for a formal consultation, so it looks likely, once formally submitted, it will go before the planning committee in the normal way. That hardly seems appropriate for such a massive change.
If you agree, then we recommend that you email the Council Leader, Ian Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org
Downing operates as a corporate property entity from Liverpool across the country. Turnover at Downing Construction is set to hit £100 million this year.
Gordon Johnson, Our West Lancashire’s Derby ward spokesman, seen here with Jane Thompson and Kate Mitchell, said “The Borough council own this land. They should be fully involving the people they serve in deciding how it is redeveloped, not making cosy deals with developers and then presenting it as a done deal to residents. With a large number of student rental houses remaining unoccupied this academic year and Edge Hill University’s own figures forecasting a decline in student numbers over the coming years I am at a loss to even try and understand why the council would want to build even more student accommodation on the Ormskirk Bus Station site. It seems like a ludicrous idea to me.”