Decisions to be made on major new South Ribble housing plans

Photo: David Hurst'Croston Road, Leyland
Photo: David Hurst'Croston Road, Leyland
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Plans for a major housing development and three affordable homes schemes in South Ribble will be up for discussion next week.

South Ribble Council’s planning committee will meet on Wednesday to consider an outline application for the creation of up to 400 homes, community facilities and a new road on land off Croston Road, Leyland.

The Croston Road site is allocated for housing under the council’s local plan and is one of the sites identified under the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal – a £434 million investment which will deliver transport, infrastructure and community improvements over the next 10 years.

Also on the agenda are three separate plans for a total of 80 affordable homes, on sites at Hewitt Street and the former Royal British Legion in Leyland, and Co-operative Street in Bamber Bridge.

Coun Cliff Hughes said: “The plans for Croston Road are for a major City Deal site, and I welcome the potential for the creation of affordable homes on the three other sites.

“Access to the Croston Road development would be via an upgraded access from the Flensburg Way/Penwortham Way roundabout. This would form the first section of a spine road which would connect to Heatherleigh, easing access to adjacent developments with existing planning permissions.

“This fits with our commitment to ensuring that infrastructure comes before development, which will allow us to manage the growth of South Ribble in a co-ordinated way while keeping disruption to a minimum for our existing residents.”

He added: “South Ribble is very much open for business, and we are always happy to work with developers and businesses on bringing homes and jobs to the borough.

“Working in this way gives developers the best chance of bringing forward the strongest and most appropriate applications for my colleagues on the Planning Committee to consider.