Homes plan at training centre

Chairman: Coun Hesketh
Chairman: Coun Hesketh
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Plans to demolish a former business training centre will go before councillors this week.

The outline proposals are for Northbrook Barn on Northbrook Road in Leyland, which is owned by South Ribble Council.

The council is seeking to get permission to build between four and six dwellings on the site.

No actual plans for houses are being submitted but it is understood the council is taking the step to make the site more attractive to developers.

The building was used as an employment and business training centre by the council up until 1998.

It then changed to 12 managed offices run by Business Venture Group - which later became Orvia - to help business start ups that needed office space.

At the moment the site is vacant.

The proposals are due before councillors tomorrow, at a meeting chaired by Coun Jon Hesketh at the Civic Centre in Leyland.

The plans are recommended for approval with conditions.

The council has received just one letter of objection on the grounds that the development would ‘upset local residents’ and that is ‘should be converted into a play school.’

A report due before councillors on the matter states: “Northbrook Barn is presently used as office accommodation, within B1 Use Class.

“The proposal to demolish the building and replace it with between four and six residential properties is an acceptable development within the existing built up area as it removes a vacant building and utilises the land for new residential development.”

It adds that discussions have taken place with Progress Housing Association as the redevelopment may possibly be an affordable housing scheme.

The committee report concluded: “The Council’s Housing Section would support such a scheme at this site.

“The proposal would relate well to neighbouring residential uses comprising of a sheltered housing scheme and affordable residential dwellings.”