Planning committee set to meet over housing proposals

Former Prestolite Factory, Cleveland Road, Leyland
Former Prestolite Factory, Cleveland Road, Leyland

PLans to build 82 homes on the former Prestolite Site in Leyland will go before councillors tomorrow (Wednesday).

Councillors on South Ribble Council’s planning committee are ‘minded to approve’ the plans, despite objections from residents.

The proposals are for the erection of 82 two storey houses, including a three storey block of six apartments.

Neighbours have objected to the plans on the basis of parking and traffic issues along Cleveland Road and Edgerton Road.

They have also raised concerned about an increase in noise levels due to the proposal. South Ribble Council received six letters of objection.

Plans were passed in 2009 for Bellway Homes to build 98 houses on the site, subject to a section 106 agreement being reached, which are drawn up between councils and developers to ensure developments are acceptable in terms of supporting highways works and contributing to affordable housing locally.

But an agreement was never made and the plans were withdrawn.

Now, Rowland Homes Ltd and Lazarus Properties Ltd has put forward plans.

Paul Rowley, managing director of Leyland based Rowland Homes, said: “This is an opportunity to see this vacant site redeveloped at long last with quality housing and associated landscaping. If approved, we will also be making a financial contribution to off-site open space and public realm improvements and our scheme would include 16 affordable housing units, of a type suitable for key workers such as nurses and teachers.

“In carrying out the work we would be sympathetic to local residents and do our utmost to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Coun Mick Titherington, Golden Hill ward, said: “I know there have been a couple of protests about it, mainly regarding the access but I think in the main we would welcome the development as long as residents views are taken into account. As it is it is just laying there and doing nothing.”

The Prestolite factory, which made starter motors for the town’s thriving automotive industry, was demolished in August 2008.

South Ribble Council’s planning committee will meet tomorrow at the Civic Centre, West Paddock at 6pm.