Grand entrance given the go-ahead at Worden Park

Worden Park car park entrance off Worden Lane, Leyland
Worden Park car park entrance off Worden Lane, Leyland
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  • Main entrance will be relocated 16 metres along Worden Lane
  • New gates and pedestrian access in the pipeline
  • Designed to make access to new overflow car park easier, but its opening is behind schedule

Worden Park is set to get a grand new entrance leading to its main car park.

South Ribble Council’s planning committee unanimously voted through the scheme, put forward by the authority’s parks department, at a meeting last week.

The work will involve relocating the entrance 16 metres along Worden Lane, to opposite Vicarsfield Road, and creating new entrance gates and pedestrian access.

It means demolishing part of the stone wall, so permission was also sought for listed building consent, which was also approved.

Planning officers explained that where possible, the historic materials from the wall will be re-used where possible.

No written representations were put forward about the plans, but Parkgate Drive resident Roy Rawcliffe objected to the scheme at Wednesday’s committee meeting.

He said: “The metal gates are not in keeping with the North Lodge gates at the park.

“Surely some sort of continuity is required?”

But planning officer Debbie Roberts explained that the designs had been passed by a heritage consultant who considered it to be acceptable.

Leyland councillor Caroline Moon, who sits on the planning committee, said: “To my mind this is a fantastic application, it’s absolutely the right way to go.

“It’s sympathetically done, and makes sense completely.”

The new entrance is also designed to make access to the new overflow car park easier.

The extra 164 spaces were due to be available for use by the Easter holidays.

But the grass re-enforcement surface is still bedding in at the moment.

Plans to resurface the existing car park are also on the cards, and that work, along with building the new entrance, is expected to be complete by the autumn.