‘Fastrack’ plan for 200 new homes

Altcar Lane, Leyland, scene of the proposed development
Altcar Lane, Leyland, scene of the proposed development
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Two hundred new Leyland homes could be built at the start of next year as part of a new ‘fastrack’ housing plan for the North West.

The properties – of which 60 are set to be affordable homes – are set to be constructed on land off Altcar Lane.

The site – which includes an extension to Worden Park – is the first accelerated construction development to go ahead in the North West.

South Ribble Council has already given outline planning permission to the ‘masterplan’ for up to 600 new homes and the extension of Worden Park.

But now developer Lovell Partnerships will have to apply for detailed permission for the 200 homes on the site.

If approved, the £45m site will form one of a number of national risk sharing projects under the Government initiative.

New homes will be built at double the monthly rate for the area, with the proposal also embracing innovative approaches to development.

Modern methods of construction will see the use of a closed panel, pre-insulated, timber frame system and pre-formed floor and roof cassettes to make the installation more efficient and realise time savings.

Partnership Housing Developer, Lovell, has signed an agreement with Homes England to deliver the new homes.

Lovell Partnerships is aiming to secure reserved matters planning permission for the nine hectare green-field site this Autumn, with a planned start on site at the beginning of 2019.

The development on land purchased from Homes England is forecast to be completed within 36 months.

The new housing for open market sale will feature a mix of seven bungalows, four three-bedroom semi-detached homes, 29 three-bedroom detached homes, 73 four- bedroom detached homes and 27 five-bedroom detached homes.

The overall scheme is set for completion in 2021.

Duncan Inglis, North West head of accelerated delivery at Homes England, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Lovell, who have demonstrated a real commitment to delivering the quality and pace of development we are seeking for this prestigious site.”

Bruce Lister, regional regeneration director for Lovell’s North West Region, said: “South Ribble is one of the country’s most attractive development locations, and we are delighted to have been selected as Homes England’s development partner for the Altcar Lane project. Our proposal aims to create a strong identity that complements the local surroundings.

“The existing footpath with mature hedgerow and trees will be retained to create a green corridor running through the site, with houses carefully orientated to overlook this attractive new linear park.”

The company says it will also deliver job and training opportunities locally.

A masterplan outlining proposals to build more than 500 new homes and extend the award-winning Worden Park was rubber stamped by South Ribble Council. Through a consultation process, more than 1,800 residents and 100 stakeholders were contacted and asked for their views.

Following feedback, the final Masterplan was presented to the council’s planning committee where it was officially endorsed.