A large housing development is planned for a former caravan and motor home site in Coppull.

Seddon Homes is preparing to submit a planning application for a development of dozens of new homes on land off Chapel Lane. Buildings on the site are currently being demolished after being left empty since Discover Leisure caravan retailers closed down in October 2011.

The nine-and-a-half acre site has suffered from vandalism and theft over the last 17 months.

Seddon is holding a public consultation showing more details of the plans tomorrow, Thursday, March 14, between 4.30pm and 7pm at Coppull Village Hall.

Amanda Oakden, development manager at Seddon Homes, said: “We look forward to working with the local community to deliver a scheme that enhances the site.

“The new development will bring significant benefits to Coppull such as affordable housing and improvements to other facilities in the village. It will create many jobs during construction and we always aim to employ local people.”

Neighbours in Chapel Lane said they hoped any development would be “in keeping” with the village.

Jim Crankshaw, 79, said: “Ideally I would like to see a mixed development on the site, perhaps some units and maybe a shop.

“It was a shame to lose Discovery because they employed a lot of people.

“My main worry is that they don’t build houses right up to the road because it’s only narrow and if there were cars parked it would cause chaos. It needs a large border between the road and the houses.

“There’s a particular problem with flooding in this area, it’s been terrible recently so I hope that it’s not made worse.”

Barbara Trundle, 71, said: “We’ve been kept informed about the plans. I will give my support if the site is tidy and the homes built there are in keeping with the area.”

Seddon Homes said the development would include terraced, semi-detached and detached homes.

They have also proposed that the existing footpath that links Chapel Lane to the footbridge over the railway should be improved.

They added that as a full site layout had not been completed they were unsure of the number of dwellings there could be on the site.

Councillor Ken Ball, who represents the area, said: “This site is right for a housing development. It was a shame to lose it as a commercial site but if they do it in a similar way to the nearby Poplars development it will enhance the area.”