Plans reveal how area is to be developed and enhanced

West Paddock, Leyland
West Paddock, Leyland
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A comprehensive list of 100 sites to be developed in South Ribble over the next 15 years has been drawn up.

Potential sites for new homes, business and facilities were put under the microscope during a special council meeting on Tuesday night.

Residents turned out to hear councillors discuss a blueprint for the new Local Development Framework, which includes the major development of Moss Side Test Track, building 1,200 homes at Pickering’s Farm in Penwortham, the Cuerden strategic development site, and the overhaul of the BAE site in Samlesbury.

The 90-page document sets out plans for the borough’s development over the coming years, and reveals sites which have been earmarked for development, as well as crucial infrastructure changes such as creating a new Cross Borough Link Road and completing the Penwortham Bypass.

Among the plans are also visions to extend Worden Park, linked to the development of 430 homes between Altcar Lane and Shaw Brook Road.

This will include a new access with car parking facilities, and new cycle ways and footpaths will also be delivered through the extension to the park.

A new park, dubbed Central Park, could also be created running from Bamber Bridge and Lostock Hall in the south, through to the River Ribble and River Darwen in the north.

Growth for Leyland town centre has been pinpointed, with hopes for the continued development of the Hulmes Mill site, redevelopment of the Quin Street Commercial Quarter, phase three and four of town centre regeneration plan, and reducing through traffic on Hough Lane and enhance the facilities for public transport.

Widening the borough’s villages has also not been ruled out. Despite Much Hoole, New Longton, Coupe Green and Mellor Brook being constrained by greenbelt boundaries, land may be released to create room for things such as affordable housing.

The Local Development Framework first began to take shape with a ‘call for sites’ being held in 2007.

From this, the South Ribble Council received 200 site suggestions for a variety of development types and in December last year, the council began an eight-week consultation exercise based on preferred development sites.

Key sites in the town, such as a parcel of land next to the Civic Centre on West Paddock, have been identified under the plan.

The land on West Paddock was identified for office development with Lancashire County Council, but the site remains undeveloped. The preferred option is still to use the site for employment uses, with a third of the site to be devoted to open space.

The framework does not contain and provision for designated sites for gypsies and travellers.

Council leader Margaret Smith said: “In order to stimulate the growth of the local economy, South Ribble Borough Council must find land to provide homes, jobs and infrastructure.

“The LDF will set out how the area will grow, how services will be provided and how the environment and character of the area will be enhanced and protected.

“I am hopeful that the consultation proposal will receive the backing of full council so we can ask people for feedback on our revised list of potential sites.”

The meeting was held at the Civic Centre in Leyland on Tuesday. If the report is approved, further public consultations will go ahead in the coming months.