First stage of ambitious homes plan approved

Land off Grasmere Avenue Farington where Bracken House Properties want to create 160 homes
Land off Grasmere Avenue Farington where Bracken House Properties want to create 160 homes

Part of the plans for 160 homes in Farington have been given the go-ahead, despite objections.

Bracken House Properties wants to build on derelict land off Grasmere Avenue, which was previously owned by British Leyland as expansion land.

At a council meeting last night (Wednesday), South Ribble’s planning committee granted permission for the first stage of the proposals - to allow access to the future site up Grasmere Avenue and emergency access down Hall Lane.

The outline plans for the rest of the site, which includes the houses, open green space and cycle paths, were also given the green light, but more detailed plans will be submitted at a later date.

Traffic calming measures and road improvements are also proposed at key junctions.

But 15 letters of objection were put forward before the decision was made, raising concerns about loss of light, loss of privacy, noise, dust and disruption during construction works.

Issues have also been voiced about road safety, an increase in traffic using Wheelton Lane, and lack of parking to residents on Grasmere Avenue.

Other worries include the proximity to Waste Technology Plant, the argument that ‘spare land doesn’t have to be built on’, the site should instead be used as an open play area or left as open ground, and that it is currently used for dog walkers, and the proposal would ‘rob the local community of a well used communal space’.

United Utilities Drainage also object to the proposal as they consider the Leyland Waste Water Treatment Works is currently at capacity and cannot accept any additional flows.

They said: “Increased flows to the works could result in a severe environmental impact on the local area and receiving watercourse.”

The Environment Agency initially objected to the proposal too, as they considered the surface water drainage scheme was unacceptable.

But a revised Surface Water Drainage Strategy was submitted as a result and the Environment Agency re-consulted.

They withdrew their objection, providing that a number of conditions be imposed should permission be granted.

The parks department commented that an equipped play area is not required in this area and therefore the proposed ‘play area’ should be for informal play and ball games.

One letter of support from a member of the public was received, with the person saying they are pleased to see the design includes pedestrian and cycle links.

- For more on this story, see next week’s Leyland Guardian.