Last part of factory plan set

Before: The Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Works before it was demolished to make way for houses
Before: The Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Works before it was demolished to make way for houses

The last phase of a major Leyland development has been approved by planners - despite concerns from neighbours.

Eleven houses will be built on the site of the former Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Works on the corner of Golden Hill Lane and Wheelton Lane by applicant Taylor Wimpey.

The plans sparked concerns from residents already living on the development who said more houses would put extra pressure on the local road infrastructure.

Martin Wilkinson, 50, who lives on Parish Gardens, says his driveway will be used to access the new three and four-bed homes.

He said: “I knew when I bought the house that they would be building more on the opposite side.

“I have a long driveway and I’m going to be sharing it with other people who will be parking along it and blocking me in.

“If you have kids playing and people walking their dogs it’s going to be mental.

“It’s a modern estate and people struggle to park. I don’t know if the infrastructure was made for all this. It is just flooding it.”

He also expressed concern that the plans could endanger wildlife in nearby Farington Hall Wood - fears supported by the council’s arboriculturist who said foundations of the plots should be designed not to interfere with their roots.

The old rubber factory had been part of Leyland’s landscape for 150 years prior to its closure and demolition in 2003.

Outline planning permission to create 400 homes on the site was passed in 2003.

The fifth phase makes up 56 homes - including the 11 requested under the new plans.

Since then The Oaks development has grown in four phases on the 10 hectare site and the final application would complete the development.

Access to the new homes would be off Parish Gardens, which is off Wheelton Lane.

Mr Wilkinson said: “People are fed up but they don’t think they can do anything about it.”

The scheme was approved by members of South Ribble Council’s planning committee last week.

Chloe Dunn, sales manager for Taylor Wimpey Manchester, said: “We are pleased to announce Taylor Wimpey has received planning permission for a selection of Cheshire housetypes at The Oaks.

“We decided to change a selection of the final phase house types in response to customer feedback and demand from the market for affordable three bedroom properties.

“The Cheshire is a beautiful modern three bedroom mews style home that will appeal to first time buyers and small families.”