Plans for hundreds of new houses in Leyland are set to be discussed throughout a series of special hearings over the next two weeks.
A planning inspector will examine South Ribble’s Local Development Framework (LDF) at a public hearing, when people who have submitted formal representations will have a chance to put their cases forward.
On the agenda are proposals for the land between Altcar Lane and Shaw Brook Road in Leyland, which the LDF states could provide around 430 homes; land between Heatherleigh and Moss Lane in Farington Moss, which has room for up to 650 houses, plus community and leisure facilities.
The Moss Side Test Track, which has been ear-marked for residential and employment uses with local services and community facilities, will also be on the agenda.
The LDF is the blueprint designed to shape the future of the borough for the next 15 years.
The planning inspectorate has appointed Susan Heywood to conduct the examination and decide if the document is ‘sound’ and complies with legal requirements.
If necessary, final amendments will then be made with a view to South Ribble Council formally adopting the new local plan this year.
The document will give the authority more power to approve or turn down plans for housing and employment, based on what has been agreed for the different sites.
All meetings take place at the council’s Civic Centre in West Paddock, Leyland:
- Altcar Lane, March 7, at 10am.
- Heatherleigh, March 12, 10am.
- Moss Side Test Track, March 13, at 2pm.
South Ribble Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning and housing, Coun Cliff Hughes, 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.”