Plans for 122 houses and play area set to be approved

Land off Croston Road has been earmarked for development
Land off Croston Road has been earmarked for development
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Plans for 122 homes which will be accessed from a new major road running through Leyland look set to get the go-ahead this week.

As previously reported in the Guardian, Wainhomes wants to create a new estate to the north of Bannister Lane and to the west of Croston Road in Farington Moss.

The land is part of a wider area known as ‘Site W’ which is earmarked for housing under South Ribble Council’s Local Development Framework.

Outline planning approval has already been granted, and the planning committee is set to vote on the detailed plans at a meeting this week.

The officers have recommended the scheme be given the green light, despite residents in the area previously complaining about the outline proposals.

This time round, just three letters of objection have been sent to the council, from people worried about highway safety and congestion, drainage, and the fact that the council is allowing Wainhomes to use the cul-de-sac of Bannister Lane as a temporary access to the new development, until the new spine road is built.

Documents compiled by the planning officers read: “The layout of the proposed scheme includes a central section of the proposed spine road, which is to run through the wider ‘Site W’ from the Flensburg Way roundabout to Heatherleigh, designed to include a shared footway/cycle way as part of a ‘Green Link’.”

The ‘Green Link’ is an area of public open space and is to include a children’s play area.

Lancashire County Council has confirmed its commitment to build the spine road by the end of 2016.

The application states that 37 of the homes would be affordable.

Officers conclude: “The proposed development is not considered to result the over-development of the site and is not considered to be out of character with the street scene.”