Work is set to start on a £46m housing development on the former Penwortham Mills site - after an inspector approved controversial access plans for the site on appeal.
South Ribble Council approved a Bovis Homes application for 385 homes on the former Vernon Carus factory site in August 2015, but turned down access via a new roundabout and T junction off Leyland Road, which would require the demolition of the Sumpter Horse pub.
South Ribble wanted access via a nearby Cross Borough Link Road - and Bovis agreed this could be used in the future - but the building of this has been delayed.
After coming to an agreement with Lancashire Council highways department over how to improve a priority junction off Leyland Road, Bovis went to appeal and this week the Planning Inspector ruled in their favour.
Brian O’Connor of planning firm Lichfields, which worked for Bovis, said: “We are delighted to have secured permission for this development.
“The council refused permission for two alternative access arrangements onto Leyland Road and the Inspector effectively allowed the removal of therestrictive condition and the granting of permission for the development of one of the two access arrangements.”
Marilyn McDonald, landlady of the Sumpter Horse, which is owned by Bovis, said: “I feel sick. I knew it was going to happen, but nobody from Bovis, Lancashire County Council or South Ribble Council has been in touch, and I’m the one losing my home and my job.”
Bovis Homes hope to start work on the first stage later this year and this will include 189 homes. This will be followed by a second and third phase comprising of 204 dwellings, with the provision of associated infrastructure, including roads, footpath, cycleways and open space. The development will also secure the future of the Vernon Carus Sports Club, as Bovis will provide the club with a financial contribution towards capital projects at the facility.