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South Ribble approves £45m residential scheme

Lovell Partnerships has secured reserved matters planning permission for its 200-home Altcar Lane development in Leyland, following its purchase of the site from Homes England in March.

Work is set to start on the 22-acre greenfield site later this year. Lovell will create 140 homes for open market sale and 60 affordable homes through Lovell’s partner Together Housing Group. The development sits to the south west of Leyland and will be progressed using off-site construction.

Lovell said that it has worked alongside South Ribble Borough Council to ensure concerns raised by site neighbours were thoroughly addressed on a one-to-one basis, resulting in design changes to the application.

Altcar Lane is one of a number of national risk-sharing projects under the Government’s Accelerated Construction initiative whereby the new homes will be completed within a timeframe of 36 months using ‘modern methods of construction’.

The housing for sale will feature a mix of seven bungalows, four three-bedroom semi-detached homes, 29 three-bedroom detached homes, 73 four-bedroom detached homes and 27 five-bedroom detached homes.

The overall scheme is set for completion in 2021 with the first homes expected to be available for sale in summer 2019.

Stephen Kinsella, executive director for land at Homes England, said: “Homes England is pleased with the quick progress Lovell has made with planning.

“Once on site, Lovell will utilise a closed panel pre-insulated timber frame system as part of MMC. This tried and tested method of offsite manufacture will aid pace, ensure the control of quality and minimise site wastage. The system will be pre-insulated to further aid pace and remove the need for additional subcontractor on site, reducing labour time and cost.”

Bruce Lister, regional regeneration director for Lovell’s North West region said: “Securing reserved matters planning permission is a critical milestone in the delivery of this £45m development and is testament to the constructive relationship between Lovell Partnerships, South Ribble Borough Council and Homes England in bringing the planning process to a successful conclusion.

“South Ribble is one of the country’s most attractive development locations and our plans aim to create a scheme with a strong identity that complements the local surroundings.”

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