A FORMER butcher's shop site which traded in Gornal for 116 years has been placed on the market for residential development.

C D Field Butchers on Lake Street, Lower Gornal, ceased trading after 116 years last summer, and residential agents at Harris Lamb have now been instructed by the family to sell the land.

Outline planning permission is already in place for nine new homes to be built 0.311-acre site, which once housed the popular butcher’s shop, a meat wholesaling factory and an abattoir.

James Willcock, of the residential land team at Harris Lamb, said: “This is a great opportunity in an area where there is a real desire for new housing.

"C D Field butcher was a well-known landmark in the area in its heyday, and with the family having chosen to sell, the site is set for a new lease of life to help fulfil that demand."

Outline planning permission has been granted for the construction of three three-bedroom townhouses, three two-bed apartments and three one-bed apartments.

James added: "The land parcel itself is made up of the former meat wholesaling factory, abattoir and shop, above which are two self-contained flats and a range of offices. There are then a number of single-storey ancillary storage buildings surrounding a secure yard area, which is accessed from Loweswater Drive.

“Once cleared, the area will provide a setting for nine dwellings, with outline permission having already been granted for three three-bedroom townhouses, three two-bed apartments and three one-bed apartments."