School row over new homes

The site of the former Broadfield Service Station, Leyland Lane, Leyland
The site of the former Broadfield Service Station, Leyland Lane, Leyland

Plans to build much-needed affordable homes in Leyland would be put in jeopardy if the developer was expected to contribute thousands of pounds towards creating more primary school places in the area, it has been claimed.

Developer Melrose Construction Ltd wants to build 14 affordable homes on the former Shell service station, also known as the Broadfield Service Station, on Leyland Lane.

If approved, the development will consist of an apartment block for one-bedroom accommodation, and a mixture of two-bedroomed terraced and semi-detached houses.

Commenting on the proposals, which will be decided upon by South Ribble Council’s planning committee tonight, Lancashire County Council said it would expect a financial contribution from the developer to cope with increased traffic and parking problems, and the need for extra primary school places in the area.

However, South Ribble’s council officers have said that because the need for affordable housing is more important at this point, the education provisions will not be sought on this occasion.

In planning documents, they explain: “The applicant has confirmed that the deliverability of the proposals would be jeopardised if they were required to make this contribution (£47,522 for an additional four primary school places), particularly as they have already agreed to contribute towards the require Traffic Regulation Order.

“Consequently, and taking into account the extent of the identified needs for affordable housing in the borough, it is considered that a contribution towards primary school places should not be required in this instance.”

A similar argument has been put forward in relation to the developer contributing towards improving public open space.

The proposals have been amended to increase the number of off-road parking spaces that would be provided, and the county council’s highways team has no objections to the scheme, subject to a number of conditions and the introduction of the Traffic Regulation Order, which will prevent on-street parking on Leyland Lane.