Massive homes plan gets the green light

Land at Heatherleigh
Land at Heatherleigh
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A masterplan for the development of one of the biggest new housing estates set for Leyland has been given the green light by South Ribble Council.

Land between Heatherleigh and Moss Lane in Farington Moss, which has room for up to 800 homes with community and leisure facilities, has been allocated for housing under the council’s Local Development Framework (LDF), which looks at how the borough can be developed over the next 15 years.

The site is so big a primary school may be built to accommodate the influx of families expected.

Angry residents have formed an action group to fight the proposals, amid fears of traffic and flooding problems, but the council’s planning committee supported the scheme at a meeting last week.

The land is so large that two separate masterplans have had to be drawn up to show how the northern section and the southern section, split by Bannister Lane through the centre, will be developed.

The committee has now officially adopted the masterplan relating to the southern section, between Heatherleigh and Bannister Lane. Lea Hough Chartered Surveyors has already submitted an outline plan for the building of 350 homes, following public consultation.

So far, only access has been applied for, and has not yet been determined by the committee, but the signing off of the masterplan last week means that in future, the committee will have more power to approve or reject planning applications based on what the masterplan has earmarked for the site.

Access to the southern section will be from Croston Road and Heatherleigh, with only the properties proposed to front Bannister Lane requiring access from that street – around eight to 10 houses.

Access to the northern section of the site, between Moss Lane and Bannister Lane, would be from Croston Road, and an extension from the Flensburg Way roundabout.

The council anticipates there is room for around 400 homes there, and the committee agreed the plan should go out for public consultation, which will start within the next four weeks.

After a six-week consultation, the responses will be considered and reported back to the planning committee, with a view to approving the proposal.

- For more on this story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian