Building bonanza set for South Ribble

South Ribble councillors have outlined new development plans that could see more than 1,500 new homes built, as well as a 'shot in the arm' for jobs, investment and the economy in general.

Coun Hughes Wesley StreetThe two major new residential developments given the go-ahead  include up to 350 new homes on land off Croston Road, Farington Moss, and up to 200 new homes at Wesley Street Mill, Bamber Bridge, where the disused mill building will make way for new development.

Plans for more housing schemes in South Ribble are in the pipeline, while work is already under way at another site in the borough. Construction has started on the former Arla Foods Dairy site on School Lane, Bamber Bridge, where Persimmon Homes has planning permission to build around 200 homes, including a number of affordable houses.

The council is currently considering an outline planning application for a further 350 homes at the former gas works site at Lostock Hall, which could go before the planning committee next month. Along with this application from National Grid, the council is also seeking consent for a road bridge linking Carrwood Road and Leyland Road via The Cawsey at Lostock Hall, paving the way for the first phase of the much-needed cross borough link road.

Councillor Cliff Hughes, South Ribble Borough Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for strategic housing and planning, said: “We’ve been saying for some time that the green shoots of economic recovery are growing in South Ribble and this spate of house building plans for the borough is another example of this. It’s really encouraging to see so many developers planning to invest in the borough, which is a sure sign of business confidence in the local economy.

“I’m especially pleased that we’re now on the verge of unlocking the full potential of Wesley Street and its neighbouring sites, which is one of the council’s priorities. This is excellent news for Bamber Bridge and will provide a huge boost for the local economy. “It’s not just about house building – we’ve seen two of our leading local companies showing confidence by expanding and creating new jobs in the borough, and we’re working hard with our partners to bring more jobs and inward investment through initiatives like the Enterprise Zone at Samlesbury and the City Deal.”