‘Plans for homes has not been forgotten’

Planning permission: 471 homes are set to be built at the former Farington Business Park behind Morrisons
Planning permission: 471 homes are set to be built at the former Farington Business Park behind Morrisons

A derelict Leyland site which should have 471 homes built on it by the end of the month has ‘not been forgotten’.

The former Farington Business Park behind Morrisons is earmarked for a huge housing development after the Ainscough Group got planning permission three years ago.

The permission was due to expire this month, but Martin Ainscough has revealed to the Guardian than an extension has been granted, meaning it could still be years before building work starts.

He said: “It’s unfortunate that the housing market is still in a difficult position.

“We got the planning permission and were hoping a developer would come along and buy the land, but then the recession hit and it caused some issues.

“It’s such a big site, but we wouldn’t have had a problem selling it a few months earlier.

“Sadly, we just have to sit on it for the time being.

“We are still marketing it and we will get a developer on board at some point, but it’s just a matter of time.”

He added: “We’re ready to turn it into money because it’s just derelict now, but it certainly hasn’t been forgotten about.”

Coun Caleb Tomlinson, who represents Leyland Centreal at South Ribble Council, said: “It’s a shame that it could be another few years now before the 471 homes plan progresses, but unfortunately, there’s just no call for that scale of a development in these times.

- For more on this story and a special feature about other homes and business plans in Leyland, see this week’s Guardian.