Fewer affordable homes now planned at site

The new housing development on the former Prestolite site near to Cleveland Road in Leyland
The new housing development on the former Prestolite site near to Cleveland Road in Leyland

A new estate in Leyland is set to get fewer affordable houses built there than was originally agreed by planners.

Rowland Homes is in the process of building on the former Prestolite factory site off Cleveland Road, near Golden Hill Lane, and people have already started moving in to the finished homes.

Planning approval was granted by South Ribble Council last December for 82 homes and apartments, but the developer is now requesting permission to reduce the number of affordable dwellings from 13 to 10.

If given the go-ahead at a planning meeting this week, it will mean there will be no one bedroom apartments on the site – and they will be replaced by two-bedroom houses.

Landlord New Progress Housing contacted Rowland Homes, asking the developer to make the changes, stating that there is no longer a need for one-bedroom apartments.

They also cited concerns regarding the design of the apartments, which were located above an access way to a car parking area.

Progress say they have experienced problems with this access arrangement on other developments, involving children congregating under the apartment above.

Supporting documents say: “The fly-over apartment which would have attracted youths to congregate under has been removed from the design of the scheme, thereby removing the potential for anti-social behaviour.”

The move has also been recommended for approval by council planning officers, despite a reduction in affordable homes proposed.

Supporting documents add: “Changes nationally to housing benefit have resulted in substantially increased demand for two-bedroom dwellings.

“The proposal for eight two-bedroom dwellings and two two-bedroom apartments would meet the needs for affordable housing in the area.

“Even though this application seeks to reduce the overall amount of affordable houses, on balance the dwellings proposed would meet the local needs and demands and ensure that the site could be fully delivered by a Registered Housing Provider.”

- See next week’s Leyland Guardian for the result.