Affordable homes scheme set for approval - despite concerns from businesses and residents

Coun Cliff Hughes, cabinet member for housing at planing at South Ribble Council, has previously welcomed the plans for affordable housing at the former Fishwick's bus depot in Hewitt Street, Leyland town centre
Coun Cliff Hughes, cabinet member for housing at planing at South Ribble Council, has previously welcomed the plans for affordable housing at the former Fishwick's bus depot in Hewitt Street, Leyland town centre
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Plans to build 33 affordable homes on the former Fishwick’s bus depot in Hewitt Street, Leyland, look set to get approval this week.

Primrose Holdings, based in Chorley, has submitted the proposals for a mixture of one bedroom and two bed apartments, and two bed houses.

South Ribble Council’s planning officers have recommended the plans be granted permission when they go before the planning committee on Wednesday - despite a number of concerns from nearby residents and business owners.

In a report for the committee, officers wrote: “The site is previously developed and has a number of industrial buildings which are to be demolished, and it is officer opinion that the removal of these disused buildings and the replacement with an affordable housing scheme will be an improvement to the area, whilst providing much needed affordable homes.”

They recommend a condition be attached to the approval to make sure that the houses will forever be affordable.

Four letters of representation have been put forward about the scheme, citing concerns over traffic problems, flooding, and crime.

Helen O’Leary, from Helmsley Green, wrote: “The level of crime in my immediate area has always been relatively low. I am concerned a concentrated area of social housing, which I understand was not now common practice, will bring a possibility of a higher level of crime.”

She added: “The access onto Golden Hill Lane will cause more congestion in an already very busy road. With access to the train station car park so close and heavy congestion on Chapel Brow since the one-way system was introduced, the new junction will only make matters worse.

“I feel my quality of life will drastically decline if this planing application is allowed.”

A group of residents from Fleetwood Street have argued that better drainage would be necessary on the site of the development goes ahead, as they have experienced issues with flooding in the past.

And three businesses located nearby have also lodged complaints.

The director of a garage close to the land is concerned that the future residents will complain about the firm, writing: “Our business entails that we offer service on a 24 hour basis. Obviously due to the nature of our work, there will be noise disturbance affecting any future tenants of the proposed development.

“The current use of the site is of an industrial nature compatible to the site where our premises are located.

“We are very concerned that future tenants will object to our operation.”

Another business, Snaefell Developments, also believes that “the proximity of the proposal is undoubtedly a potential source of future complaints.”

Whilst the third business, DTech IT, adds there will be traffic problems around an “already hazardous and congested junction”.