Work starts to bring houses to historic Leyland school site

Lancashire County Council has moved in to create an access road to the proposed housing estate off Fox Lane, Leyland
Lancashire County Council has moved in to create an access road to the proposed housing estate off Fox Lane, Leyland
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Work has finally started to transform an historic Leyland school site into a small homes development.

Plans to build four terraced houses at the Worden Old School site in Fox Lane, part of Leyland’s only conservation area, have been in the pipeline for seven years.

All that remains of the school is half of the front wall which dates back to the 1880s, and fronts Fox Lane.

Work has begun to create an access road into the site – although nobody has yet come forward to build the houses.

The Trustees of the Worden Estate are still confident they can sell the land to a builder or developer, despite it having been on the market for around three years.

John Forrester, chair of the trustees, said: “We’ve done some work to open the site up to let people see what’s there.

“We still want it to go ahead. The trustees think this is the best way forward for the site.

“It has had some interest, so I’m confident it will go ahead.”

Members of the community were up in arms over the scheme when plans were first put forward, because they didn’t want to see the wall be demolished.

Two previous plans which involved pulling the wall down were thrown out by South Ribble Council’s planning committee.

But a final plan, to incorporate the last remains of the school into the housing scheme, were eventually passed three years ago.

The council agreed to discharge a condition from the original planning permission a few weeks ago, meaning that part of the wall could be removed in order for highways work to start.

The section of wall which has been pulled down is not part of the original historic wall.

Lancashire County Council is now on site to create the access.