Leyland factory site homes plan put back again

The former Expac factory on Dunkirk Lane in Leyland
The former Expac factory on Dunkirk Lane in Leyland
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  • Plans for homes on the Expac site were first passed in 2009
  • Deadline for building work has now been extended TWICE
  • New proposals allow another five years for land to be developed

The amount of time allowed to build homes on a former factory site in Leyland has been extended - again.

Plans were passed in 2009 for 35 homes to be built on the old Expac site near the Dunkirk Hall pub in Dunkirk Lane, with the condition work should start within three years.

In 2012, when the allocated time was due to expire, applicant Neil Kay Properties asked South Ribble Council to afford them an extra three years to do the work.

And this month, as there has still been no movement on the site, a renewal of the application has been submitted and accepted, with a new timescale of five years.

The council’s planning committee originally threw out the proposals, but the application went to appeal and a planning inspector granted permission for outline plans for housing and a new access road from Dunkirk Lane.

A more detailed application will need to be submitted before any building work can start, but indicative plans show 29 two to three-bedroomed townhouses are earmarked, along with six four-bed semi-detached houses.

The council also wanted to see 10 per cent of the housing be affordable, but the latest documents read: “It is disappointing that at the current time, the viability appraisal suggests that the site cannot meet the full requirements of affordable housing policy.

“Planning policy encourages local planning authorities to be flexible to take account of market conditions to ensure viability and deliverability.

“As the applicant seeks a five-year permission, the viability of the site and the level of affordable housing provision is to be reviewed after three years to reflect any changes in the economy and uplift in site value.”

The Guardian was unable to contact Neil Kay Properties, but the applicant previously told the council that the development was delayed because of ‘market conditions’.