Approval for first phase of Leyland £38m Town Deal
A series of demolitions will make way for the Church Place ‘pocket park’ and a mixed-use building with 2,600 sq ft of retail and leisure space and four one- to two-bedroom apartments.
South Ribble Council has given the green light to the scheme, which will see the demolition of the former Barnardo’s charity shop, a Betfred, and a pub at 51-55a Hough Lane, as well as Sovereign House.
The demolished units will be replaced by the new building, which will be set back to create the Church Place public square.
It is hoped that the layout of the scheme will enhance views of Leyland’s grade two-listed United Reformed Church.
Plans for Church Place and the three-storey structure form the first phase of the wider £38m plan to enhance Leyland’s town centre.
Leyland secured £25m from the government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund Investment towards the larger scheme, with South Ribble Council providing the other £13m.
The wider masterplan also includes the regeneration of Leyland Market, various commercial and residential projects, and BASE2, a three-storey building containing an incubator facility for start-up businesses and event space.
Architect Wilson Mason drew up the masterplan. Lanpro is landscape architect, Woolgar Hunter is structural and civil engineer, and Curtins is transport consultant.
To find out more about the plans for Church Place, search for application 07/2022/00810/FUL on South Ribble Council’s planning portal.