West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has finally received assurance from Gleeson Homes that work on the proposed housing development at the old Skelmersdale Sports Centre site is to get underway.
The site, which has lay vacant since the demolition of the burnt out sports centre in 2013, has had planning permission since 2017 but disagreement over asbestos contamination on the site between Gleeson Homes and West Lancashire Borough Council has delayed any progress.
However, Gleeson have confirmed to MP Rosie that they do now have a strategy for asbestos remediation approved by the local contaminated land officer, and work on site should start ‘imminently’.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I am pleased to receive this assurance that progress will be made on this vacant site which has stalled for the past year, and had restrictive fencing erected around it.
“Residents will be pleased to receive clarity on the future of the site, which Gleeson say will provide low cost housing for people on low incomes, improving the housing offer for residents across Skelmersdale.
“Local residents will be particularly relieved that any asbestos related concerns have now been dealt with.
“The council may also be in line for some further payment under a unilateral undertaking, which would mean Gleeson pay part of their future revenue from the site to the council, which can then be invested back into local facilities and amenities.
“I will continue to monitor progress on the site and look forward to seeing its development and completion.”