Cul-de-sac ‘unacceptable’ to access new housing estate

Bannister Lane, Leyland
Bannister Lane, Leyland

Plans for a quiet cul-de-sac to be widened and used to access a new housing estate have been shelved - for now.

Angry residents warned that opening Bannister Lane to access a new 125-home estate ‘flies in the face of any common sense’.

They also accused South Ribble Council of going back on its promise that the Leyland cul-de-sac would not be used to access any future housing estates in Farington Moss.

But planning officers recommended that proposals from Wainhomes to use the lane as a ‘temporary’ route to a planned 125-home development off Croston Road be passed at a meeting this week.

It means that Bannister Lane, which is a cul-de-sac of 33 houses, would act as temporary access until Lancashire County Council (LCC) builds a new road connecting Croston Road to Flensburg Way, as outlined in its Highways and Transport Masterplan.

This link road would go through the centre of a new 600-home development, but would only come forward once that larger development took place.

Residents blasted the scheme as ‘completely inappropriate’, and 20 letters of objection were submitted to the council.

One said: “A temporary access road isn’t a way around your promise.”

Coun Graham Walton, who represents the area as a borough councillor and also sits on the planning committee, said: “We decided to defer the decision because we’d initially said there should be no access from Bannister Lane.

“We want to wait and see what will happen with LCC’s highways plans, and how that will impact on the area.”

The Highways and Transport Masterplan, which is designed to cope with the extra housing and traffic expected in the county over the next 13 years,

shows plans to block off the end of Croston Road in Farington Moss where it meets the double mini roundabouts at Flensburg Way.

The county council wants to build a new road through the middle of the proposed housing development, which has room for around 600 homes, connecting Croston Road with the Flensburg Way ‘tank’ roundabout.

The bypasses around the area are to become duel carriageways between 2021 and 2022, while the key junctions will need to be worked on first.