Council bosses look to protect brown Penwortham bypass route for future

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Lancashire County Council is proposing to adopt and protect a route for the completion of the Penwortham bypass.

Since the 1990s a blue route from the Longton bypass junction with Chapel Lane to the Broad Oak Lane roundabout in Penwortham has been protected. However, the option is controversial because it would cut across farmland and impact on the rural villages of Whitestake and New Longton.

The new plan - the shorter brown route - would be from Howick playing fields, over fields adjacent to Lindle Lane, coming out at the Broad Oak Lane roundabout.

Now, following public consultation, LCC wants to protect the brown route and remove protection from the blue.

County Coun John Fillis will make a decision on March 5. If agreed, preparation work will continue to support a planning application scheduled for submission later this year.

Phill Wilson, project manager for the City Deal Delivery Team, said: “We’re proposing to protect the route from development as this is a vital step in the planning process if we’re to deliver the bypass and the improvements it would bring.

We’re very grateful to everyone who responded to the initial consultation held last year, and if the decision is made to proceed with the scheme, we’ll consider the issues raised very carefully as plans progress.”

Funding for the scheme is from the £434m City Deal.