Homes planned for factory site

Expac site, Dunkirk Lane, Moss Side
Expac site, Dunkirk Lane, Moss Side
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Plans to demolish a Leyland factory and build 35 houses there have been met with scepticism in the community.

Developer Neil Kay Properties originally submitted proposals to take down the derelict Expac building behind the Dunkirk Hall pub on Dunkirk Lane in 2008.

South Ribble Council’s planning committee turned the application down, but permission was granted on appeal by a planning inspector, and work was set to be complete by now.

Because the deadline for development has passed, the plans have been re-submitted, without any alterations, and are set to go before the council planning committee once again.

However, County Councillor Michael Green says the old issues still remain.

He said: “Concerns were expressed last time over access to the housing site from Dunkirk Lane, and the plans were turned down on highways grounds.

“Dunkirk Lane is already very busy, especially close to the junction near the pub, so I think that will still be an issue for residents.

“People were also worried about the scale of the development.

“It might be difficult for the committee to stop this going ahead if it has already been granted permission by an inspector a few years ago, but the issues can certainly be looked at again.”

So far, one neighbour has written a letter of objection to the recently submitted planning application, stating traffic problems as her main worry.

Landlady of the Dunkirk Hall pub, Donna Lambert, also has reservations.

She said: “If there are more houses in the area, that could be good for our business, but the actual building work could have a detrimental effect on us.

“If it’s noisy and there are lots of trucks about, it could put people off coming in.

“We always welcome new business, but I can also understand people’s concerns in the area, particularly related to their privacy.

“I think people are worried their gardens will be overlooked.

“I don’t think extra traffic from 35 houses will make too much of a difference though.”

She added: “In the long-term, I don’t know if a new housing development would affect our licence agreements.

“We don’t have many houses close to us now, but if families moved in, we might be asked to close earlier because of noise or something like that.

“It’s something to think about.”

In a new document sent as part of the planning application, the agent representing Neil Kay Properties, Diane Ellis, said the economic climate was the reason for the development not being built within the specified time.