Town’s historic buildings are set for extra protection

The Water Tower, Penwortham
The Water Tower, Penwortham
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Fourteen buildings in Penwortham look set for special protection as part of a new development plan.

The Penwortham Local Plan is being prepared to outline how and where development in the area should take place.

Although 14 properties including St Mary’s Church and The Fleece Inn already have listed building protection, local historians, elected members and residents have decided an additional list of houses, buildings and objects which should be kept intact.

Town Manager Steve Caswell said: “These are properties the Town Council has identified as significant enough to warrant protection if there is further building in the area.

“They mark key times in the development of the area and are historically important.”

The properties are: Howick House, King George V playing fields gate posts, The Coach House and the Lodge in Hurst Grange Park, Penwortham Library, The Water Tower off Liverpool Road, Legrow’s cottage in Manor Lane, Fisher’s Row in Cop Lane, New Acre Cottages in Cop Lane, Woodlands in Cop Lane, The Black Bull Inn, Kings Fold Farm, the Methodist Chapel in Leyland Road and Rosefold and Addison’s Yard.

The Plan also calls for new policies to be adopted including 10 per cent of each new development to provide housing for retired people and at least 60 per cent of Middleforth’s shopping area given over to retail uses.

Councillors also want to see additional sporting facilities provided for new housing areas and for developments to be broken up into small parcels, each with a separate identity.

Questionnaires and roadshows have been carried out during the consultation period, with further roadshows planned before the deadline.

The consultation process must be ratifed before a public referendum is held next year. If more than 50 per cent of voters agree with the Plan, it will be accepted as a statutory planning policy by South Ribble Council.

Mr Caswell added: “This is a proper, legal document and it’s great that the people of Penwortham can have their input in it.”

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