Liverpool JV’s plan for 130 homes set for approval 

Two Liverpool developers and a Liverpool architect are on the verge of securing consent for a new development comprising 130 homes. Tony McDonough reports

Thornton Cleveleys
Site in Thornton Cleveleys where BXB Thornton will build 130 new homes


A joint venture between two Liverpool developers is likely to secure planning consent for 130 new homes in Thornton Cleveleys on the Fylde.

BXB Thornton is a joint venture between Promenade Estates and brownfield land specialist BXB. A masterplan for the site was drawn up by architect Brock Carmichael, based in Liverpool city centre. Council officers are recommending approval.

BXB director Gary Goodman said the project was “not without its challenges”. But he added these had been overcome due to the “constructive approach” of the local authority.

He added: “It’s a tricky site in technical terms, with issues such as drainage, site levels and biodiversity mitigation all posing significant challenges to its overall viability.

“Working closely with the local authority, and a range of statutory consultees, we’ve been able to address those challenges. I am looking forward to putting our proposals before the planning committee for its scrutiny.”

The application followed a public consultation. Almost 1,800 households and businesses surrounding the site behind the popular Iron Horse public house were invited to submit their views. The findings led to several revisions, including a reduction in up to 10 housing units.

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Recommended proposals include structural landscaping and green infrastructure, alongside the construction of a cycle/footway through the development. It will have two points of vehicular access.

Planning consultant Peter Tooher of Nexus Planning, who is advising the developer, says the focus on wildlife and landscape management has added to the amenity value of the development:

“The proposed wildlife corridor along the banks of Springfield Burn is part of a wider flood management strategy and it opens out the site and provides beneficial amenity space for local people,” added Mr Tooher.

The 12-acre site was acquired in February 2021 and the site previously enjoyed consent for a supermarket, permission for which has now lapsed.

The planning application will be heard at Wyre Council’s next planning committee on December 7.

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