Major plan for 500 new homes is unveiled

Cliff Hughes South Ribble councillor
Cliff Hughes South Ribble councillor
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Detailed proposals for hundreds of new houses, formal parks, play areas and allotments have been submitted for Leyland.

A housing developer wants to build 122 homes in Farington Moss, after previously achieving outline planning permission to develop the site.

It comes as separate outline plans for the creation of up to 400 homes, community facilities and a new road on nearby land off Croston Road are set to be considered by the planning committee this week.

The whole site is part of a wider area allocated for housing under the council’s Local Development Framework, and is also one of the sites identified under the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal – a £434 million investment which will deliver substantial transport, infrastructure and community improvements over the next 10 years.

South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for strategic planning and housing, Coun Cliff Hughes, said: “Access to the Croston Road development would be via an upgraded access from the Flensburg Way and Penwortham Way roundabout. This would form the first section of a spine road which would connect to Heatherleigh, easing access to adjacent developments with existing planning permissions.

“This fits with our commitment to ensuring that infrastructure comes before development, which will allow us to manage the growth of South Ribble in a co-ordinated way while keeping disruption to a minimum for our existing residents.”

He added: “South Ribble is open for business, and we are always happy to work with developers and businesses on bringing homes and jobs to the borough.

“Working in this way gives developers the best chance of bringing forward the strongest and most appropriate applications for my colleagues on the planning committee to consider.

“As always, their over-riding concern will be making the right decisions for our communities.”

Wainhomes has already been given the green light from the council to use Bannister Lane, off Croston Road, as a temporary access road to the future housing development.

And the scheme for 122 properties with garages, infrastructure and open space north of Bannister Lane and to the rear of number 398 to 414 Croston Road is now in the pipeline.

It will be a mix of family and social housing, with 30 per cent of the properties earmarked to be affordable.

The Homes and Communities Agency also wants to develop a 17 hectare parcel of land between Moss Lane and the rear of 394 Croston Road.

Residents in the area have been fighting plans to develop the land for years, and 17 letters of objection have been put forward in relation to the 400-homes plan, which will be determined by councillors on Wednesday.

People argue that it will be out of character with the area, cause traffic congestion, and that there won’t be enough jobs and amenities for future residents.

Planning officers have recommended the committee approves the scheme, saying the site is land the council has earmarked for residential development. and the proposal is not considered to have an undue impact on neighbouring properties and, with localised highway improvement works, there will be no highway safety or amenity implications.

Thirty per cent of the houses will be affordable,