Outrage after plan passed for site access

'Busy enough': Northgate, off Golden Hill Lane, will be the new access route to houses at the Roadferry site
'Busy enough': Northgate, off Golden Hill Lane, will be the new access route to houses at the Roadferry site
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‘Disgust’ and ‘anger’ are just two of the reactions after plans were passed to allow traffic down an already busy Leyland street.

Proposals to build 60 houses on the Roadferry site off Carr Lane, near the back of Morrisons, has caused controversy after a row erupted over which road the site should be accessed from.

Plans by developers Peel Holdings to build houses and create access down Wheelton Lane and Carr Lane were given the go-ahead, but the council turned down a new scheme to allow traffic up Northgate.

Now, the plans have been sensationally passed by a planning inspector after the developers appealed the council’s refusal decision, and one councillor is outraged at the news.

Coun Caleb Tomlinson, who represents Leyland Central and opposed the Northgate plans on behalf on angry residents, said: “I’m absolutely disgusted.

“What’s the point in a council planning committee making a decision if it has no real power in the outcome?

“Is this is localism, we’re knackered.

“I’m so angry, and so are a lot of residents who live in Northgate.”

Residents sent 14 letters of objections about the new proposals, complaining that rush hour is chaotic enough without another 60 families using the road to access Golden Hill Lane.

Coun Tomlinson added: “Northgate it’s not fit for purpose and it will just make it even harder to get out of that road at peak times with another 120 cars coming down.

“I’m not against new buildings; we do need new homes. But why can’t they stick with what was passed?

“It’s just not on.”

Developers said they would address traffic concerns by introducing traffic calming measures, including speed tables along Northgate junctions with Beech Road, Westwood Road, Hampden Road and Kennett Drive.

Single yellow lines around the junction of Northgate and Golden Hill Lane are also set to be replaced with yellow lines.

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