Planners approve schemes for more affordable housing

Former Royal British Legion Club on School Lane, Leyland
Former Royal British Legion Club on School Lane, Leyland

Plans to create two affordable housing schemes in Leyland have been given the go ahead.

Planning chiefs sitting on South Ribble Borough Council’s planning committee have passed plans for developments at the former Fishwick’s bus depot site off Hewitt Street and at the Royal British Legion site in School Lane.

Proposals for 33 properties at the Hewitt Street site had previously been discussed at a planning meeting.

However, officers requested more time and clarity due to highways issues around Chapel Brow and Golden Hill Lane.

Plans were recommended for approval after a new report from County Highways said: “We re-iterate that the development should have a negligible impact on highway capacity in the immediate vicinity of the site.”

Coun Derek Forrest, who sits on the planning committee at South Ribble Council, said: “Initially there was problems over Chapel Brow and Golden Hill Lane, there was a suggestion to make it a left hand only turn which

satisfied us.

“Planning permission was granted and we were more than happy with the plans.”

Plans were also approved to transform the run-down Royal British Legion site in School Lane.

The area has been subject to anti-social behaviour and vandalism which led to calls from residents to transform the area.

The submitted plans, will see the building demolished and homeowners will be able to enter the site from Haig Avenue by two access roads and two private driveways.

Now the plans were given the rubber stamp, 20 affordable houses will be erected.

Coun Forrest added: “We’ve pushed for affordable houses to be increased in the area and we have shown plenty of sites are available and that it allows people to rent at a reasonable rate.

“We welcome the plans and it’s good to see something being made of the site.”