Plans for 175 new homes set for approval

Croston Road, Farington Moss
Croston Road, Farington Moss
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Planning councillors look set to give the go-ahead to 175 new homes in Leyland.

An application from Miller Homes is due to go before South Ribble Borough Council’s planning committee tomorrow.

The authority’s planning officers have recommended that the plans – for land off Croston Road, Farington Moss – are approved.

The proposal is a reserved matters application, which means further details can be ‘reserved’ for later determination.

It is proposed that 26 of the homes would be affordable housing. The committee will be told that county highways have raised no objections to the proposed development, making recommendations relating to off-street parking requirements and the design of internal estate roads which have since been addressed with the submission of an amended plan.

The proposed section of the link road, which runs through the site, is acceptable and incorporates a footpath/cycleway along the link road as part of a green link through the wider site.

In August 2013, outline planning permission was granted for up to 350 homes to the south of the site between Bannister Lane and Heatherleigh, with the current

application equating to about half of this wider outline permission.

The proposal comprises of 13 two-bed terraced properties, 39 three-bed terraced properties, three three-bed detached bungalows, 28 three-bed detached properties, six three-bed semi-detached properties, eight four-bed detached properties and 78 four-bed detached properties.

A number of letters objecting to the proposed scheme have been sent to the council.

Points raised include that planning policy prevents piecemeal development; there are reduced open aspects from that originally proposed; a length of spine road should be constructed before any homes are built; there are highway safety implications and congestion resulting from generation of additional traffic; and potential damage to existing highways by construction traffic.

Other issues raised include: Capacity issues relating to public services, such as schools; noise and pollution associated with additional traffic; drainage issues leading to potential flooding; loss of agricultural land; no buses operating in the local area; and the potential for increased crime.

However, the committee will be told in officer’s report: “The proposed residential development comprising of 175 dwellings, 26 of which are ‘affordable houses’, is considered to be acceptable on this 6.1 hectare site.

“The proposed development is not considered to result in the overdevelopment of the site and is not considered to be out of character with the street scene.

“It will not have an undue impact on the amenities of neighbouring properties and there are no significant highway safety or amenity implications arising from this proposal.

“The development not only provides a significant contribution to housing supply but will also deliver part of the spine road.

“Both are key outputs for City Deal.”