Consultations on a masterplan for a major new housing site in Farington Moss have been launched by South Ribble Council this week.
A masterplan for the site off Croston Road sets out proposals on what could be built and how a high quality environment can be maintained when development takes place.
A six-week consultation started on Monday to give the community and interested parties an opportunity to have their say on the ambitious proposals.
Coun Cliff Hughes, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for strategic housing and planning, said: “This land forms part of one of three major sites in the borough that we have identified for residential development over the next 15 years.
“We want to see a high quality environment with a good mixture of housing and open space as well as plenty of affordable homes.
“The masterplan looks at a number of issues, including creating green spaces, retaining hedgerows and establishing routes for walkers and cyclists.”
He added: “I would encourage as many people as possible to let us know what they think about the masterplan, which will play an important role in shaping the appearance, layout and infrastructure of any future housing development on this site.”
The land, which is located between Moss Lane and Bannister Lane, is part of a larger area covering around 40 hectares that has been allocated as a site for housing in the council’s Local Development Framework (LDF), a planning blueprint for future development in the borough.
A masterplan for the southern section of the Farington Moss site, situated on land between Heatherleigh and Bannister Lane, has already been approved in principle by the council’s planning committee and a planning application has been submitted for consideration by the council.
Residents in the area formed an action group to fight plans for development on the sites last year.
They say the area cannot cope with extra traffic problems, as Croston Road is already busy during rush hour.
Letters inviting comments on the new masterplan, covering the northern section of the site, are being sent to residents living nearby and full details of the masterplan will be on display at the Civic Centre, Leyland, throughout the consultation period.
Feedback forms will be available on the council’s website and a drop-in event is being held at the Civic Centre on Tuesday, April 30, from 4pm until 7pm.
The masterplan will guide future development on the site and seek where possible to protect the area’s rural character.
The document covers issues such as housing density, road layouts, public open spaces, landscaping and vehicular access.
Once the consultation is completed, the council will analyse all the comments and then consider any changes to the masterplan, which will then go before the council’s planning committee for approval later this summer.
The masterplan will then be used to guide future planning applications on the site.