Masterplan is unveiled

Masterplan: Proposal for the patch of land between Altcar Lane and Shaw Brook Road, Leyland.

Masterplan: Proposal for the patch of land between Altcar Lane and Shaw Brook Road, Leyland.

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A masterplan for 500 homes and an extension to a landmark park has just been unveiled by developers.

The plan to transform land between Altcar Lane and Shaw Brook Road and extend Worden Park in Leyland have been submitted to South Ribble Borough Council’s Planning Committee.

Coun Cliff Hughes, South Ribble’s cabinet member for planning and housing welcomed the move by Redrow Homes and landowners the Homes and Communities Agency, which will also provide affordable housing.

He said: “I’ve said before that, while major development can be inconvenient for some people, any short-term pain during construction will be far outweighed by the long-term gains, and this is a great example of that.

“We have an exciting possibility to improve Worden Park while providing a mix of quality housing, a proportion of which will be affordable.”

Residents raised concerns about the development at a public meeting back in 2013.

And the developers have invited the community to air its views on the proposals.

South Ribble Borough Council stressed that the masterplan is not a planning application but say it sets down the principles of how the site will take shape over time.

Following the consultation, the next steps will be to consider all the feedback, which will shape the production of a more detailed application.

The development is part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal and the Government has told South Ribble Borough Council that it must find land to build 417 homes per year up to 2026 and help deliver the Altcar Lane site, which was allocated for housing following previous and extensive consultations with the community.

And County Councillor David Borrow Deputy Leader of Lancashire County Council says the move will deliver substantial transport, infrastructure and community improvements over the next ten years.

The consultattion will run for six weeks between October 1 and midnight on Sunday November 15.

They will be at at Wade Hall Community Centre on Monday, October 12 from 3.15pm-7pm, Leyland Lane Baptist Church Hall from 3pm-7pm on Thursday, October 15.

The proposals can be viewed in full at Leyland Library, the Civic Centre in West Paddock or www.southribble.gov.uk/consultations.