Green light for 650 new homes on derelict sites

Former Vernon Carus Factory, Factory Lane, Penwortham
Former Vernon Carus Factory, Factory Lane, Penwortham
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Two disused industrial sites will be redeveloped into more than 650 homes after planning permission was granted for neighbouring sites.

South Ribble Council’s Planning Committee approved proposals for housing on the former Gas Works site in Lostock Hall and the old Vernon Carus land in Penwortham.

An application for a new roundabout off Leyland Road to serve the Penwortham Mills development was turned down by councillors, who said both schemes must be accessed via a new link road.

Coun Cliff Hughes said: “South Ribble is open for business. We are always delighted to welcome new employers and residents, but it is essential that we manage the growth of the borough carefully. While getting disused or derelict sites back into use is very important, we will not compromise ourselves or our residents by accepting something that we don’t feel is absolutely right for the borough.”

A variety of houses will be built on the adjacent sites, from one-bed apartments to five-bedroomed houses. A percentage of them will be affordable homes.

Both schemes include contributions of land to the Central Park project, with buffer zones between the Preston Junction Nature Reserve.

The Morris Homes application for the gas works includes 281 homes, which will be accessed via a new link road between The Cawsey and Carrwood Road. The link road, which was granted permission last year, is aimed at easing congestion through Lostock Hall, and providing a better route between Penwortham and the motorway network.

As well as their 385-home application for the Vernon Carus site, Bovis applied for an alternative traffic access from Leyland Road, which would have seen the demolition of The Sumpter Horse pub.

Councillors turned this down on the grounds that the proposed layout would have had a negative impact on the existing road network.

The deal also means that Bovis will pass ownership of the Vernon Carus Sports and Social Club to members along with a sum of money, securing its future. There will also be a new Multi Use Games Area.

Developers are now in discussions over creating access to both sites from the new road.