Property developers have launched new plans for Pickering's Farm which could see it occupied by 1,100 homes, a retail centre and a primary school.

Just months after withdrawing previous plans in the face of community opposition and doubts from the planning committee, Taylor Wimpey and Homes England have jointly prepared a new masterplan for the Penwortham site.

The new masterplan is spread across two planning applications which have been formally submitted to South Ribble Borough Council.

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The first application covers some 920 homes, a two-form entry primary school and a ‘local centre’ which includes retail, commercial, employment and community uses.

Meanwhile the second application for a separate parcel of land within the same site would allow the construction of a further 180 homes.

Within the plans are a total of 16 hectares of green space, of which six hectares will be allocated community facilities such as play areas and a village green, while 30% of the homes would be allocated as affordable housing.

In a bid to address concerns raised during the previous process, the developers say there are no longer any four-storey buildings involved, more focus has been placed on community infrastructure and sustainable and active travel routes have been considered before any internal highway layouts for motor vehicles.

Addressing access, a report submitted with the application states: “A new vehicular site access is proposed off Penwortham Way in the form of a traffic signal-controlled junction. This has been designed to work as per the existing road network but also acknowledges and does not prejudice the County Council’s desire to improve the capacity of the Penwortham Way corridor.”

Previous plans for the land were first rejected by South Ribble’s planning committee in September 2020 while another application with an initial 1,100 properties was withdrawn earlier this year.

The developers have now submitted their new applications and believe it has solved the problems previously addressed.

A report states: “The revised masterplan makes provision for a range of land uses, including residential, education, employment and commercial, green infrastructure and community facilities. It includes land under the control of the Developers (the subject of these applications) as well as land in third party ownership, which may be the subject of future planning applications.

“It seeks to create a new, exciting and highly sustainable vision for living, where people want and have the option to live locally, building a close relationship with their community, whilst also remaining connected to key regional centres through fast, attractive and direct active travel, alongside sustainable shared travel along routes which prioritise their convenience.”

The land is earmarked for development in South Ribble’s current local plan. However, borough council leader Paul Foster has previously said that its status will be reviewed during the ongoing process to draw up a joint local plan for the whole of Central Lancashire.

He said: “Every option needs to be considered. That site faces fundamental challenges – Homes England, the council and the residents all know that.

“This administration is pro-development, but only where it is appropriate for our local communities and our environment."

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