Leyland Masterplan

Hybrid planning application in for Leyland Motors site

A planning application for up to 950 homes on the site of the former Leyland Motors test track in Lancashire has been submitted to South Ribble Council.

The 131-acre site, long earmarked for development, is being brought forward by Property Capital, and a masterplan for the area was approved by the council in July this year. It has been vacant since 2005.

The developer and planner Turley have now submitted a hybrid application, which will include 950 new homes, industrial space, a business park, a primary school, and green infrastructure.

The hybrid application includes full planning permission for site enabling works, highways and drainage infrastructure, and the first phase of 197 homes.

These will be split across 16 two-bed homes, 102 three-bed homes, and 79 four-bed homes, ranging between one and three storeys in height. Barratt Homes is lined up as the housebuilder.

The full planning permission includes enabling works such as the removal of the existing test track, earthworks to level the site, and site access from Titan Way.

A new roundabout off Longmeanygate to the North of the site will also be built as part of the first phase, and drainage infrastructure will be installed.

The submission to South Ribble Council also includes an outline application for a further 753 houses; a 54,000 sq ft business park; 86,000 sq ft of industrial space; 32,000 sq ft of space earmarked for retail, amenity, or health usage; and a primary school set over 4.1 acres.

Options for the amenity space include local services such as a bank, convenience store, or dry cleaners. A pub, restaurant, or café has also been earmarked for this part of the development.

The 753 homes will be brought forward across three phases, with the housing mix “determined by prevailing market conditions at the time of each subsequent reserved matters application,” according to planning documents.

The school, which will be a two-form entry primary, will be delivered by Lancashire County Council at a time considered “to be appropriate relevant to the rate of construction [and] of matters relating to the capacity of primary schools in the locality more generally”.

Around 44 acres of the site is being earmarked as green space, including the existing Paradise Park, which will be retained as part of the plans.

A potential Section 106 agreement and associated Community Infrastructure Levy payments could be up to £1.7m for the first phase, and as much as £6.4m for the second phase of industrial, retail, and housing development.

Property Capital has already held a series of public consultations on the project this year, contacting 6,500 local people and businesses. Changes from the initial round of consultation in May and June this year included a reduction in the density of housing and an increase in the amount of land for employment use.

The school and possible medical centre were also added following this consultation.

Overall, the project is expected to take 10 to 15 years to complete.

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