The offical map of Whittle-le-Woods which shows the boundaries of the village (which encompasses part of Buckshaw Village) can be found on the My Account area of the Chorley Borough Council website . To view the map on the borough website simply select Whittle-le-Woods from the drop-down list.
Alternatively below is an alternate representation which may have small inaccuracies but allows more interaction using the Map and Satellite options as well as supporting Google Street View.
You can view the map full screen using the following link. Full Screen Version
In recent years, Chorley Council has been gathering information ready to produce the Local Development Framework – a document which will decide which areas of the borough will be earmarked for future housing, leisure and commercial us, and they published an Issue and Options Discussion Paper putting forward their ideas, which covers the whole of Chorley Borough and, while the Parish Council understands that Chorley Council has to achieve certain housing targets, it seemed that once again Whittle-le-Woods is to bear the brunt of any new development should the options be approved.
The green fields to the West of the M61 bordered by Birchin Lane to the North, Moss Lane to the South and the core of the village to the West have been designated for possible inclusion for residential and mixed use development. This area is about 105 hectares (260 acres) which could potentially provide enough land for over 2000 houses – doubling the size of the village. If this were to go ahead, even on a smaller scale, it would mean the loss of many footpaths and wildlife habitats and would put greater strain on the roads. The whole area would drain into the River Lostock upstream of Waterhouse Green which would substantially increase the risk of flooding in that area.
For these reasons, Whittle-le-Woods Parish Council forwarded comments on the Discussion Paper, objecting strongly to the proposals affecting the village.
Chorley Borough Council undertook a Community Governance Review of Buckshaw Village in 2011. The intention was to discover whether it was necessary, feasible and worthwhile to administrate Buckshaw Village via its own neew Parish Council. Different areas of Buckshaw are currently administered by either Whittle-le-Woods or Euxton Parish Councils (under Chorley Borough Council) or South Ribble Borough Council.
A Community Governance Review (CGR) is a legal process whereby Councils can create parish councils, review and change parish boundaries. The Council was asked to look at this by residents, but can choose to undertake a review at any time. The two-month consultation ran from February until April 2011. Following this review, in September 2013, the Parish Council received a letter to update them on the situation. The following is an extract from that letter:
"Discussions have taken place between both Councils but the potential impace of such a change means that neither council is willing to undertake boundary changes whilst there are still substantial parts of Buckshaw Village being developed and this is likely to be the case for some time. The Council has therefore taken the decision not to continue with the Community Governance Review into parish arrangements at this stage, but to revisit it in a number of years to review the position"