Final jigsaw piece for housing plans

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Leyland business tycoons have put forward final plans to build a housing development in the town.

The Ainscough Group, run by brothers Martin, Brendan and James Ainscough, is building 471 houses on the site of the former Farington Business Park.

Now, the last planning request has been put forward to South Ribble Borough Council, to create an access road to the site from Northgate.

Land Director for the company, Paul Martin, said: “This will be the final piece of the jigsaw for this development, as we have no intentions to submit any more plans after this.

“We already have approval to build the residential properties, and there is currently a road leading to it from Wheelton Lane, but we don’t think one route is sufficient for a big site.

“We want to create access from Northgate.”

If approved, he said the work won’t involve building a new road, as Northgate is used by residents who live in houses along the stretch.

It’s also the former access route to the Farington Business Park, where the houses will be built, and the Roadferry site, which also has approval for a separate residential development.

Mr Martin said: “The work won’t affect residents living on Northgate.

“They may worry about an increase in traffic, but there will be access to the new site from Wheelton Lane too, so it won’t be too heavily used.”

He added that the plans for the houses came as a result of demand for family and affordable properties in Leyland.

But he added that even if proposals for the road are given the go-ahead, there are no immediate plans to start work on the site.

“It’s too early to say when work might start,” he said. “But I can’t see any reason why this application wouldn’t be permitted.”