April start for Leyland test track resi

After a two-year wait for planning approval, Property Capital has acquired an 18-acre plot at the former Leyland Motors test track from joint landowners South Ribble Council and Pilgrim Technology.

Permission was granted for a 120-acre masterplan in 2017 but approval for the 197-home first phase, which will be delivered by Barratt Homes, didn’t come until October 2019. Work is now due to begin in April.

Property Capital has outline consent for 753 homes, 53,800 sq ft of offices and around 250,000 sq ft of industrial.

The scheme is part of the £434m Preston, South Ribble & Lancashire City Deal.

Caroline Hanratty, real estate partner at Mills & Reeve, which advised on the sale, said: “It is great to see the development get underway and we are pleased to advise on the land sale.

“The redevelopment of the test track will play a pivotal role in the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal which will see hundreds of millions of pounds invested in expanding the transport infrastructure and creating thousands of new jobs and homes.”

Richard Lever, land and planning director at Property Capital, said: “Property Capital has worked tirelessly with its team of external consultants to create a fully integrated and sustainable scheme which will deliver new homes, including affordable housing, new jobs, community facilities, green infrastructure, extensive local highway and public transport improvements and a new primary school.

“Property Capital, in its role as lead developer, is responsible for delivering the employment land uses, community facilities and new school during the life of the development.”

The site was purchased for an undisclosed sum.

Turley is the planner for the project.

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Leyland, and in particular Golden Hill Lane, is creaking under the pressure of traffic. Whenever there is an incident on the local motorway network, Leyland grinds to a halt!
Build houses by all means BUT…, improve the infrastructure and services and…, consider road widths and parking spaces with new builds ensuring that properties have sufficient parking places for modern families and thereby, reduce the disgraceful current problems with mass pavement parking.

By David Dawson

Please stop building. I don’t see any improvement in my day to day life in fact it’s the opposite. Excessive traffic everywhere in South Ribble, less green spaces to look at. People shoved together in crowded new ugly estates. More cars and fumes on our roads. Less trees to soak up the pollution. What is happening to all the extra revenue from selling our land and extra council tax from all the residents of the new estates. I am getting ever decreasing services and paying more for it. The maths doesn’t add up. You should be ashamed of yourselves as you decision makers never consider the residents. Nothing is beautiful anymore and our quality of life is shocking. Thanks

By Mrs M Gore

More traffic. More floods. More concrete.

By Anonymous

The site should of been left to the people of Leyland and for the wildlife to have a place fenced of where both people and the wildlife could enjoy the solitude and quite .

By Neil

Noticed this section ‘Property Capital has outline consent for 753 homes, 53,800 sq ft of offices and around 250,000 sq ft of industrial.’ However although there is a education phase it doesn’t express how many school spaces will be created!?

By Mr Green

Longmeanygate was heavily flooded last weekend and houses were having water pumped out of them. Won’t removing the green fields make this worse?

By Gigi

This is bad news for our already packed roads, totally disagree with the desision to build more houses, it’s wrong and whoever has said yes and allowed this obviously is getting a large pay out. The corrupt council sign guy was right all along.

By Laurence Christie

people need homes, this is long disused brownfield, get them built and stop complaining.

By balance

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