Plan for new Leyland housing estate to go before planning bosses

Development land between Heatherleigh and Croston Road, Farington Moss
Development land between Heatherleigh and Croston Road, Farington Moss

Detailed plans have been launched for 175 new houses in Farington.

Outline planning consent for development on land between Heatherleigh, Croston Road and Banniser Lane, has already been given, but now specific layouts and designs must be approved by South Ribble Council.

Miller Homes’ proposal is for 26 two and three-bed terraced houses, 63 three-bed bungalows, detached and semi-detached houses, and 86 four-bed houses.

The design and access statement states: “This good mix will allow for down sizing and satisfying the local need for family homes.

“The affordable homes, that form 15 per cent of the total scheme and will be managed by a registered social landlord.”

The scheme has been designed to form distinct areas, and areas of public space are included at the site boundary. Proposed building facades will be dressed in a similar brick to that of Croston Road.

Access will be off Heatherleigh and a play area is proposed at the south of the site.

The council has received objections to the scheme from local residents concerned about congestion.

One states: “Earnshaw Bridge junction is already congested and dangerous. The addision of possibly 350 plus vehicles will surely cause more congestion and accidents. How is this going to be avoided?”

Another raises concerns that nearby Lowther Drive and Hugh Lane are used as rat runs and 20mph areas are ignored.

It states: “I am concerned an increase in housing would exacerbate this issue as well as wider concerns about the volume of traffic which backs up around the Longmeanygate/Croston Road junction at peak times.

“I am also concerned about the increased noise and pollution caused by increasing traffic in the area.”

Miller Homes’ design and access statement says: “The site is in a good sustainable location with bus stops along Croston Road that will promote the use of public transport. These bus links connect the development with neighbouring town centres. The site also benefits from good rail access from Leyland and provides links to Manchester, Wigan and Preston.”