Houses, shops and offices masterplan across South Ribble

On the list: The former Leyland Motors Test Track in Moss Side is one of many sites across South Ribble earmarked for development
On the list: The former Leyland Motors Test Track in Moss Side is one of many sites across South Ribble earmarked for development
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A masterplan to build more than 4,000 new homes across South Ribble has been unveiled.

The plan has pinpointed parts of the borough, including countryside and brownfield sites, which will be targeted for huge house-building projects and the development of new shops and offices over the next 15 years.

Leaders of South Ribble Council will meet next Wednesday to decide whether or not to give the final draft of the blueprint the green light.

Council leader Margaret Smith said: “It is a plan for the next 15 years, and we have to make sure we have land available for developers to work on.

“There is a lot of work which has gone in just to get us to this stage. We have spoken with residents, developers and anyone else connected with South Ribble. There are a number of brownfield sites where development has already taken place which can be brought forward quite quickly, whereas others will require a lot of infrastructure to be put in place.”

The new plans show proposals to raise the new homes earmarked for nearly 200 acres of land at Pickering’s Farm, Penwortham, from 1,200 to 1,350.

A further 750 homes are planned for the former Leyland Motors Test Track at Moss Side, with land between Heatherleigh and Moss Lane, Farington, targeted for 600 homes.

These make up 2,700 of the overall allocation, with the remaining 1,408 homes planned for across the borough, including 430 homes between Altcar Lane and Shaw Brook Road, Leyland, and off Wesley Street in Bamber Bridge, where 250 homes are proposed.

If the plans are passed at next week’s meeting, the council will go out for a final six-week round of public consultation starting next month with a view to passing the plans over to the Government in October. The proposals will be considered by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles until January 2013, with a view to them being adopted next April.

During 2010/11, there were 110 new home builds started in South Ribble and 120 completions.

Paul Rowley, the managing director of Leyland house-building group, Rowland Homes, said the lifting of a six-year moratorium on new homes in South Ribble would increase activity.

He said: “There were moratoriums throughout the boom times for house-building, but now the blockage has been unblocked, projects are starting to happen. It will take time.

“But, if the right sites are available at the right place, I expect us to keep building.”

The plans also earmark a huge plot of land at Cuerden, near Bamber Bridge, along with the Enterprise Zone at BAE Systems’ site at Samlesbury, which falls within the borough, as key sites for employment development.

Coun Robert Taylor, who represents the Kingsfold ward in Penwortham, is against the plans for Pickering’s Farm. He said: “Penwortham is really full. If they start building houses it will fill up the green area.

“There’s a lot of traffic on the existing roads and Leyland Road, that’s bad as it is now. If they build 1,300 homes that’s 2,000 cars at least, and all the schools will need to be updated.

“From what I can gather most people are against it. They bought houses in a rural area, and now they are getting built on.”