The Church Place 'pocket park' and mixed-use building form phase one of the £38m Leyland Town Deal. Credit: via planning documents

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.

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Leyland just isn’t a ‘go to’ destination.
Neighbouring Preston and Chorley have more to offer, especially evening entertainment.

By Katie


As someone very familiar with the town, these projects are about making the centre more attractive to the 38,000 people who live in Leyland. The town has come a long way since twenty or so years ago when it was just trucks, pubs and not much else.

Leyland also has Worden Park – one of the very best parks in the North West – it even has a maze!


So Leyland doesn’t deserve funding?
Based on Katie’s comment, most funding should go to other northwestern cities as most wouldn’t consider Preston or Chorley ‘go to’ destinations either.

By Anonymous

Will we be able to park near the church?

By Church attender

I’m not saying it doesn’t deserve funding, but Leyland has always had an identity crisis. The ‘town’ centre doesn’t feel like a town. Its offer is very limited. It’s a big village centre with a Tesco on the outskirts.
I agree Worden Park is lovely but it’s not near the centre.

By Katie

It’s interesting how everyone thinks their own city is more important for x, y, z.
Sometimes it doesn’t really matter, some places naturally attract more investment while some simply work harder.
It’s when you start blaming others that it becomes a problem, rather than looking at how you can improve internally.

By Anonymous

@Church Attender get the tram, if there’s no tram then cycle


That’s true Katie. The town doesn’t have a defined centre as such. This particular scheme will provide a much needed pocket park and animate this central stretch of Hough Lane.


The inner roads of Leyland badly need repairing before any cosmetic work is done

By Jeff

I think any investment for Leyland is a positive step. I think Worden park is fabulous, the festival’s that are held every year are great, such good turnout, I look forward to seeing the investments support the community and those visiting.

By Jane

Whilst it looks good on paper there is still a need for a upmarket restaurant and more entertainment facilities such a cinema as they have in Chorley and possibly a marks and Spencer food hall. With regard to Hough Lane, this should become pedestrianised with no traffic. No more houses please and repairs to many roads within the Borough. There very little attraction within the seven stars and leyland Lane areas which seem to be neglected

By Anonymous

Comment by VDB re church attendees getting the team shows their ignorance. There are no trams here and 80 odd year olds many of who have mobility problems definately don’t cycle .

By Another church attender

I think VDB was being sarcastic as the “public transport only” has become something of a meme response on PNW.

By Anonymous

This money would be better spent on sorting the road configuration out. Trucks thundering down roads they can barely pass each other on.Leyland is gridlocked most of the time, residents cant park their cars outside there own houses.One way system is only gonna put more traffic on the road that are already congested.

By Anonymous

Could someone in the know please get the final plans published.
So much confusion over Hough Lane.
Is it going to be pedestrianised or not?
One way? Which way? Two way?

By Concerned resident

Why are we spending this money on housing. This is about bringing more trade into the town centre. People spending money. We have seen housing developments all round Leyland, over our greenbelt. Instead of wasting money on apartments, how about investing on more leisure, like restaurants, good modern bars, cafes, shops. These will draw people into Leyland, not more housing. Who makes these ridiculous ideas.

By Emma Gould

Once again Buildings we don’t need. Market getting the money again. No matter what you do to Leyland market it will never change. The rent space will just get higher and no one will be able to afford it, just like Preston.
Our roads need fixing and children of all ages need something and somewhere to go .

By Anonymous

More traffic on the road at Earnshaw bridge traffic lights with all the new house-how do you get over the very narrow bridge on a mobility scooter far too narrow and dangerous to go on the road through the traffic queuing at the traffic lights it seem to me LCC & SRC have forgotten the disabled no drop curbs ,toilets facilities etc

By Anne Ashmore

For goodness sake stop talking and get on with it.

By Anonymous

Leyland is a small town, the centre is quite spread out, but Hough Lane is the main connecting drag. It’s quite busy and well supported by local shoppers. With good motorway and rail access, together with the Town Deal it can move on. Established businesses and a decent, growing night time economy, Worden Park, the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, a Local traditional Market, it’s an attraction for new business to move in. With very active community groups, it’s a way to move forward.

By Deborah Noblett

There is nothing to attract people to Leyland town centre. It is basically a massive Tesco and loads of hairdressers and charity shops. Very few decent cafes or restaurants . The market is tiny with few decent stalls. I would never in a million years visit Leyland if I lived elsewhere, and although I live here I never go to the centre.

It desperately needs a decent market, also please stop approving Tesco springing up all over the place . Stop approving applications for chavvy bars. It’s a chavvy dump!

By Jo

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