Verdict due on plans for affordable housing sites

Hewett Street
Hewett Street

Two affordable housing schemes in Leyland are set to be determined by planners this week.

Proposals for 33 properties at the former Fishwick’s bus depot site off Hewitt Street, and for 20 at the Royal British Legion site in School Lane will go before South Ribble Council’s planning committee on Wednesday night.

The Hewitt Street application was discussed by councillors last month, who said they wanted more clarity on the road issues around Chapel Brow and Golden Hill Lane before making a decision.

The new report, in which council officers have again recommended the scheme for approval, reads: “Clarification has been sought from County Highways who re-iterate that the development should have a negligible impact on highway capacity in the immediate vicinity of the site.

“County Highways also comment that the Hewitt Street site functioned as a bus depot for many years during some of Leyland’s busiest traffic periods, and that it would be unreasonable in highway terms to link the proposed development with the Chapel Brow junction.

“County Highways indicate that there may be an effective solution to the matters of a pedestrian crossing facility and the visibility out of Chapel Brow.

“This may entail the loss of some on-street parkin which they understand has been previously discounted.

“However, these issues would need to be considered separately from this planning application.”

The Royal British Legion site has been described by planning officers as ‘somewhat of an eyesore having being vacant for over 12 months’, and which has ‘been occupied by a homeless person’.

The plans, also recommended for approval, would involve demolishing the legion building, and the site would be accessed from Haig Avenue by two access roads and two private driveways.

One resident submitted a letter to the council stating that parking along Haig Avenue is already at a premium, but added that the site is becoming an eyesore and there is a recognised need for housing.