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South Ribble’s plans for housing growth earn inspector approval

The new Rowland Homes housing development, Sycamore Gardens, at the former Prestolite Factory site in Cleveland Road, Leyland

The new Rowland Homes housing development, Sycamore Gardens, at the former Prestolite Factory site in Cleveland Road, Leyland

 

More than 2,700 new homes are set to be built in Leyland over the next 12 years as South Ribble Council’s vision for future development in the town has been approved.

The Local Development Framework (LDF) has now been partially signed off by a planning inspector, who visited the area last March to hear representations from the council and residents about plans to build houses in the borough.

More than 69,000 homes are expected to be built across the whole of South Ribble, with two of the three major developments being in Leyland.

Up to 750 homes are set for the Moss Side Test Track, 600 on land between Heatherleigh and Moss Lane in Farington Moss and 1,350 at Pickering’s Farm between Penwortham and Farington.

There are also plans to build up to 430 homes on land between Altcar Lane and Shaw Brook Road.

The council initially expected the planning inspector’s report to come back by the end of summer last year, but issues over the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment held up the process.

Now, inspector Susan Heywood has sent a ‘partial final report’ on the council’s site allocations plan, which states that all issues, other than those relating to Gypsy and Traveller accommodation, have now been found ‘sound’.

The council’s website says: “The Site Allocations document is at ‘examination’ stage, having undergone hearing sessions in March 2013.

“During the examination, the inspector considered the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (2007) to be out of date and requested up to date evidence.

“The council is working with consultants to update this assessment by winter 2013/14. The Site Allocations Partial Version (2013) has been endorsed for use in development management and to guide decisions on planning applications.

“While the plan has not been formally adopted, due to the outstanding issue of Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation, it has been endorsed by the council and in line with the inspector’s partial report; it now carries significant weight in the planning process.”

 

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