How To Turn Planning Permission For 57 Dwellings Into 83 Dwellings

Or, the strange story of how an egg factory

would “lay” 57 dwellings that would become 83 dwellings. “The properties will be 100% affordable”.

It all began in 2016, with WLBC 2016/0126/FUL | Demolition of former egg production buildings and related infrastructure and erection of 57 dwellings and related development including improvement of existing access to site, internal access roads… | Fine Janes Farm Moss Road Halsall Southport Lancashire PR8 4JG.

Applicant Agent Jones Homes (Lancashire) Ltd

And Pent Ltd C/o Agent Steven Abbott Associates LLP Broadsword House 2 Stonecrop North Quarry Business Park Appley Bridge Wigan Lancashire WN6 9DL

In respect of application number 2016/0126/FUL received on 3 February 2016 and in pursuance of its powers under the above-mentioned Act and Order, West Lancashire Borough Council as Local Planning Authority, having considered your application, hereby grants permission for: Demolition of former egg production buildings and related infrastructure and erection of 57 dwellings and related development including improvement of existing access to site, internal access roads, amenity open space, landscaping, pumping station and boundary fencing at: Fine Janes Farm, Moss Road, Halsall, Southport.

Nothing happened, but in 2019, Applicants Forth Homes Ltd and Adactus Housing Association Ltd of Allerton Road in Liverpool submitted “Application Number: 2019/0991/FUL Proposal: Demolition of existing structures and erection of residential development comprising 83 units (Use Class C3) and related development including improvement of existing access to the site, internal access roads, amenity open space, landscaping, parking and pumping station. Location: Fine Janes Farm, Moss Road, Halsall, Southport, Lancashire, PR8 4JG.

In the new plan the bungalows and ground floor apartments would be particularly suitable for older residents. This constitutes 10% of the total dwellings. This falls short of the 20% requirement set by Policy RS1 which seeks proposals of this size to deliver 20% of units which are suitable for older people. Many of the smaller houses and the first floor apartments would be suitable for all but the frail elderly who cannot navigate stairs. On this basis, a far greater quantum of the site would be suitable for the elderly, which is not defined as the frail elderly by Policy RS1. Dwellings will be built to the relevant Building Regulations and will be capable of adaptation if required. This approach was found to be suitable with regard to the approved scheme on the site.

The developer states “The properties will be 100% affordable”. The current average value of homes in Halsall is £370,585. The difference to the developer between building 57 homes there and 83 is £9,635,210. More profitable than laying eggs!

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