Morris and Bovis get go-ahead for South Ribble homes

Two neighbouring former industrial sites in Lostock Hall and Penwortham Mill are to be the location of 650 new houses, developed by Morris Homes and Bovis Homes.

South Ribble Council’s planning committee approved the proposals for housing on the former Gas Works site in Lostock Hall and the former Vernon Carus land in Penwortham Mill.

The Morris Homes application for the gas works includes 281 homes, which will be accessed via a new link road between The Cawsey and Carrwood Road. The link road, for which planning permission was granted last year, will also ease congestion through Lostock Hall, and provide a better route between Penwortham, the A6 and the motorway network.

In addition to its 385-home application for the Vernon Carus site, Bovis applied for an alternative traffic access onto the site from Leyland Road. An application for a new roundabout off Leyland Road to serve the development was turned down by councillors, who said both schemes must be accessed via a new link road.

Bovis will now start on site with the first phase of the scheme, to deliver 189 homes.

The developers will now work together to create access to both sites from the new road.

A variety of houses will be built on the adjacent sites, from one-bed apartments to five-bedroomed properties. A percentage of them will be affordable homes.

The developments form part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, which will deliver substantial transport, infrastructure and community improvements over the next ten years.

Cllr Cliff Hughes, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning and housing, said: “While getting disused or derelict sites back into use is very important, we will not compromise ourselves or our residents by accepting something that we don’t feel is absolutely right for the borough.

“Getting infrastructure right, and ensuring it is in place first, is crucial to the co-ordinated growth of South Ribble. The council’s commitment to this is epitomised by the importance we have placed on the new link road creating access to both of these sites. It’s been great to see developers working together in search of the best solution, and long may that continue.”

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With the high levels of traffic on either side of this new build is a new road going to be built to handle the increase in traffic. Also are the lights at Tardy Gate going to be fixed to stop queuing traffic every morning and evening and the removed of bollards on every other access route around this area?

By Andy Bill

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