Residents set to move in as early as August

Sycamore Gardens housing estate, on the former Prestolite factory site, Leyland
Sycamore Gardens housing estate, on the former Prestolite factory site, Leyland

Leyland’s newest housing estate will see homeowners move in this August – but the site is only set to be completed in 18 months’ time.

Rowland Homes is currently building 82 houses on the former Prestolite factory site at the end of Cleveland Road and Egerton Road, off Golden Hill Lane.

Now, the company, which has its headquarters in Stanifield Business Park in Farington, has confirmed that people have already been reserving some of the properties on the new estate, called Sycamore Gardens, and are expected to move in by August.

Sam Johnson, sales manager for Rowland Homes, said: “We have had a high volume of interest in the properties at Sycamore Gardens and we believe demand will continue as word spreads.

“A number of homes have been reserved already. At the moment a marketing suite is open on site so interested buyers can view plans and find out more about prices and the specification on offer. We are also expecting two brand new show homes to open there in late June.”

Once the development is complete, there will be a collection of three and four-bedroomed detached homes, as well as semi-detached properties with three bedrooms.

Based on current demand, Rowland anticipates building 40 houses on the site next year and the development to be completely finished in 18 months.

The plans, which were approved by South Ribble Council’s planning committee last August, also include a three-storey block of six apartments, and 16 affordable housing units.

Access to the site will be from Cleveland Road and Egerton Road.

The scheme has also seen a financial contribution of £50,000 towards off-site public space and Leyland town centre improvements, through Section 106 agreements.

The Prestolite factory, which made starter motors for the town’s automotive industry, was demolished in 2008 and has been vacant ever since.