Former gasworks site gets the go ahead for 280 new homes

Former Lostock Hall Gas Works on The Cawsey, Penwortham where plans have formally been put in for 300 homes to be built on the site off Leyland Road.'19th February 2015
Former Lostock Hall Gas Works on The Cawsey, Penwortham where plans have formally been put in for 300 homes to be built on the site off Leyland Road.'19th February 2015

A disused industrial site is set to be transformed into more than 280 homes.

South Ribble Borough Council’s planning committee has approved proposals for housing on the former gas works in Lostock Hall.

The Morris Homes application includes 281 homes, accessed via a new link road between The Cawsey and Carrwood Road. The road, for which planning permission was granted last year, will ease congestion through Lostock Hall and provide a better route between Penwortham, the A6 and the motorway network.

A variety of houses will be built. A percentage of them affordable homes that will be made available to buy or rent to local people who cannot afford accommodation on the open market.

Another proposed 385-home development at the old Vernon Carus land in Penwortham has also got the go ahead. Both schemes include significant contributions of land and amenities to the Central Park project, with buffer zones between housing and public open spaces.

The Government has told South Ribble Borough Council it must find land to build 417 homes per year up to 2026 and the two sites were allocated for housing following consultations with the community. They also form part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, delivering substantial transport, infrastructure and community improvements over the next 10 years.

Resident and ex-councillor Dorothy Gardner said of the former gas works site: “I look forward to the road being built. It’s been needed for a long time. Leyland Road is horrific in the mornings and evenings. The queues are getting longer and longer. It will take the traffic off Brownedge Road which is also a rat-run.”

Coun Mike Nelson was worried about traffic on Carrwood Road and wanted a deferment while consultations were carried out. He said: “As far as I can see, it’s just moving traffic from one jam to another. Residents were told they’d be kept informed, but to my knowledge this has not been the case.”

Neil Chamberlain, of LCC Highways, said: “I’m satisfied the road can be delivered safely and operate safely.”

Council leader Margaret Smith said: “I’m highly delighted we’ve got to this stage, it’s something the council has wanted for a very long time.”