Pickerings Farm is allocated for housing, although the council objected to Taylor Wimpey's and Homes England's plan for part of the site. Credit: via planning documents

Appeal set for 1,100-home Lancashire scheme

The Planning Inspectorate will examine Taylor Wimpey and Homes England’s case against South Ribble Council, which refused two applications to build a large mixed-use development on the Pickerings Farm site in Penwortham.

South Ribble unanimously shot down the plans in November, citing concerns over traffic, air quality, infrastructure, and sports facilities. Taylor Wimpey and Homes England began their appeal in March.

Now inspector Patrick Hanna is set to consider the case on 23 August. The inquiry for the project, known as The Lanes, is scheduled to last 16 days.

The first of the outline applications in question seeks permission to build up to 920 homes, a two-form entry primary school and a facility for retail and offices. The second is for 180 homes. Together, these projects are set on nearly 130 acres of farmland and offer more than 15 acres of green space and playgrounds.

Avison Young is the planning consultant for the project, which was designed by 5plus Architects. Xanthe Quayle is the landscape architect and Vectos is the transport consultant.

The appeal reference number with the Planning Inspectorate is APP/F2360/W/22/3295498. The application reference number with South Ribble Council for the 920 homes project is 07/2021/00886/ORM, while the smaller application’s number is 07/2021/00887/ORM.

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I don’t comment on this site much more, for there is not much in Liverpool to comment on (LCC I’m looking at you). But just look at the size of that Greenfield space Taylor Wimpey are proposing to build on!

With the UK’s housing need, surely it is time to end our obsession with two storey suburban box houses, and massively increase the density of our cities and towns with 1500 Square foot apartments, built around pocket parks.

By Old Hall Street

Plans for the homes are fine, but to have a access via single track road is not a good idea.

By Julie

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