Once-popular pub set to be turned into new homes

Black Bull, Leyland
Black Bull, Leyland
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A former Leyland pub has been given the green light to be redeveloped into nine new homes.

The now demolished Black Bull Inn, School Lane, Moss Side, was a once-popular venue. A planning application for eight two-storey homes and a dormer bungalow, from Southport-based Hobwood Limited, is due to go before South Ribble Borough Council’s planning committee, with an officer recommendation that it is approved.

The site is at the junction of Dunkirk Lane and School Lane.

Residents had expressed concerns about the impact on the street scene and sight lines, as the site is close to a busy junction.

But the developer said improvements would made to sight lines, with hedge and tree planting.

Ward councillor Michael Green says: “A small development in keeping in the area could give some benefits, together with the better sight lines and a bus shelter. There used to be a bus shelter there that’s been removed. People are asking for that to be reinstated.”

The council has received three letters of support from neighbouring properties for the application.

Points raised include that there would be better visual improvement of the site; that the plans would enhance the local community; and that it is a good use of the vacant site.

Other comments are that it is an opportunity to improve the visibility at the School Lane/Dunkirk Lane junction.

Twelve letters of objection have been sent to the council.

Concerns include over development of the site; loss of privacy; traffic and highway safety and loss of trees.