The 520 new homes set to be built on farmland near Leyland
Written by Skywave Radio News on July 31, 2020
More than 500 new homes are set to be built on farmland on the outskirts of Leyland through the government’s housing agency.
Homes England and Keepmoat Homes are behind plans for two housing developments off Flensburg Way, Farington, which will see 520 homes built on land off Croston Road and Moss Lane.
The land itself has been marked out for new houses under the South Ribble Local Plan, with the houses set to be split into two developments; one for 399 houses and a second for 121 houses split across the parcels of land.
South Ribble Borough Council granted general planning permission for the 399 house development back in March 2016, with detailed plans – known as ‘reserved matters’ – now before council planning officials to be rubber-stamped.
This includes details over everything from road layouts, housing layouts, and public spaces, to access for construction and where the site sales office will be situated.
The project will be long-running, with Homes England saying it will take 10 years for the 399 homes to be built, with houses built in annual phases.
Construction would start at the north of the side, where Flensburg Way and Moss Lane meet, working southwards and then to the east towards Croston Road.
Site access is set to be from the A582 Flensburg Way roundabout. And with reserved matters yet to be signed off, construction on the site is still likely to be some time away.
As part of the reserved matters application, Homes England and Keepmoat Homes have also lodged fresh plans for 121 homes split across two parcels of land – the first directly off Croston Road and the second on land to the east of Flensburg Way and north of Bannister Lane.
Keepmoat Homes says that “while two separate applications have been submitted, the proposed development should be read as a single comprehensive and integrated development”.
Of the combined 520 houses, 96 properties (18%) will be affordable housing. A total of £2million has also been paid by Homes England towards off-site affordable housing in the South Ribble borough.
Planning agents Turley, acting on behalf of Homes England and Keepmoat Homes, says: “The outline planning permission requires 15% on-site affordable housing provision, which is in addition to a financial contribution equivalent to 15% affordable housing for off-site provision through the outline Section 106, which has already been paid by Homes England.”
Turley adds: “Keepmoat and Homes England are working together to secure the delivery of housing on the proposed development site at the earliest opportunity as part of the Government’s ambition to accelerate housing delivery across England.
“This includes a commitment to the delivery of the north-south link road through the proposed development site during the early phases of development.”
The application for 121 houses is currently seeking outline planning permission through South Ribble Council; something the 399 homes plan already has.
This means if given the green light, it will have to return to the council once again with reserved matters plans before any construction can start.