57 hotel homes plan set to get green light

Farington Lodge, Leyland, where a body was discovered
Farington Lodge, Leyland, where a body was discovered

Ambitious new plans for 57 homes near a Leyland hotel will be given final consideration tonight.

An outline application for new houses off Stanifield Lane, Farington, close to Farington Lodge Hotel, was agreed last year.

Now the new housebuilder, Jones Homes Fylde and Victory Park Holding, want to see a slightly different development take shape.

The plans will see 57 detached, semi-detached and terraced homes built on ‘green wedge’ agricultural land off Stanifield Lane and Centurion Way, between Farington Lodge and Farington Park.

They are due to be discussed at a planning committee meeting tonight (Wednesday), where committee members are expected to approve the application in theory, and delegate the final decision to the head of planning at South Ribble Council.

Andrew Kirkham, managing director of MCK Associates, which is acting as agent for the application, said: “This application is for three and four-bedroom family homes in terraced and detached forms.

“It has been designed in accordance with the plots that are on the corner of Stanifield Lane and Centurion Way, with railings and green space at the front.

“It will be very much in keeping with the area.”

A total of 18 of the homes would front onto Centurion Way and as part of the application, £42,000 has been requested to upgrade two bus stops on Stanifield Lane and create new cycle lanes to link the development with Wheelton Lane.

A new report advises the developers are prepared to contribute “a significant financial contribution towards the provision of off-site affordable housing and off-site public open space”, to offset any loss of green space.

It continues: “The approval of the outline application, which indicated a residential scheme of 55 dwellings on the wider site, has established the principle of the development.

“The house builder now interested in developing the site wishes to implement a slightly different scheme.

“This has resulted in the submission of the current full planning application.”

One objection has been received for the application from a business which is based on Centurion Industrial Estate.

Gerry Cox, works manager at J E Bristow (Electrical) Ltd, said: “This land would be better served if a selection of small industrial units were built. These are in very short supply as it took our company 18 months to find a small unit in order to re-locate into Leyland.

“We feel the council should support local and new businesses by encouraging builders to construct premises for employment on land which effectively is in a major employment area.”