Residents prevail in traffic bid

Roadferry site in Carr Lane, Leyland
Roadferry site in Carr Lane, Leyland

People power has prevailed in blocking plans to allow access for 60 homes off a busy Leyland road.

Permission has already been passed for 60 houses on the Roadferry site off Carr Lane, but developers Peel Holdings re-applied for access to be created on Northgate.

Planning officers at South Ribble Council recommended the application be approved but at a meeting on Wednesday, planning committee members sensationally threw the plans out, saying Northgate and its surrounding roads could not cope with extra traffic.

A number of residents spoke out at the meeting in a bid to encourage councillors to reject the plans.

Joanne Crompton, who lives on Hastings Road, said: “Trying to get out of the road at rush hour there is a queue of at least six cars. You have to set off 10 minutes earlier in the morning just to get out of Northgate.

“I have had an accident at that junction before and one of my children, who is 16, was nearly knocked down the other day.”

In a report to planning bosses, highways officers at Lancashire County Council said that had no objection to plans because: “It is predicted that the 60 properties on the Roadferry site would generate 48 vehicles in the evening rush hour. This equates to less than one additional vehicle per minute.”

Developers said they would address traffic concerns by introducing traffic calming measures including speed tables along Northgate junctions with Beech Road, Westwood Road, Hampden Road and Kennett Drive.

The single yellow lines around the junction of Northgate and Golden Hill Lane would also be replaced with double yellow lines.

14 letters of objection were received from residents against the plans, including agents acting on behalf of the Ainscough Brothers, who own the adjacent Farington Business Park.

Coun Derek Forrest, who represents the Leyland Central ward at South Ribble Council, said: “There was no sense behind the plans.

“I am very pleased that people can have their say and it is listened to by councillors. It just shows that ordinary people can triumph over commercial interests.”

Agent Richard Moffat and applicant Peel Holdings chose not to comment when contacted by a Leyland Guardian reporter.