New homes plans for ex-petrol station

Changing site: Progress Housing wants to create new homes on the old Shell site
Changing site: Progress Housing wants to create new homes on the old Shell site
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A former petrol station site could be turned into an affordable housing development under new plans.

The Progress Housing Association wants to create 14 new homes on the spot formerly occupied by Shell’s Broadfield Service Station on Leyland Lane in Leyland.

The new proposals include four one-bedroom apartments and 10 two-bedroom terrcaed and semi-detached houses with gardens, off-street car parking and access.

Housing bosses reckon the plans will transform the 2,100sq m site, left derelict and surrounded by fences after the old garage was pulled down.

Planning papers submitted on behalf of Blackpool-based developers Melrose Construction say: “The site is currently vacant, the former Shell Petrol Filling Station having closed in 2011, the buildings

were subsequently demolished and the site then received a full remediation.

“The proposal is to re-develop the site for affordable residential use in conjunction with the Progress Housing Association.

“The properties have been designed to complement the better local architecture in the area, this being that of the late Victorian and Edwardian semi-detached and terraced houses.”

Bernie Keenan, executive director of housing at Progess, said: “New Progress Housing Association is committed to developing high quality affordable housing. We are working closely with South Ribble Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency to develop 14 much-needed affordable homes on Leyland Lane in Leyland, which will greatly improve the local environment.

“The site will deliver homes for affordable rent, offering local people high quality, affordable homes in an area with high demand.”

The site attracted attention last year when residents called for a ginnel belonging to the landowners to be reopened between Leyland Lane and Earnshaw Drive.

People living on Leyland Lane signed a petition backing the idea, but residents at the other end blamed the walkway for anti-social behaviour, including motorbike nuisance, youths congregating and vandalism,

Local police officers said they would be happier if the alleyway was kept closed.

Planning agents for the new applicants said a claim for a “right of way” was in the process of being determined by Lancashire County Council.

The plans are expected to be decided by South Ribble Council’s planning committee.