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Vernon Carus factory homes plan gets go ahead

Posted on - 19th August, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Housing, News, Penwortham, Redevelopment
The Vernon Carus factory is to be demolished as part of the plans Pic: Tony Worrall

The Vernon Carus factory is to be demolished as part of the plans Pic: Tony Worrall

Up to 650 new homes are to be built to the South of Preston.

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Morris Homes and Bovis Homes have both been granted permission to develop former industrial areas in Lostock Hall and Penwortham.

What was the Vernon Carus factory in Penwortham will see 385 homes built, while on the former Lostock Hall gas works site there will be 281 homes built.

Councillors in approving the scheme also turned down plans for a new roundabout off Leyland Road to serve the site.

Instead the development is to be accessed via new link road between The Cawsey and Carrwood Road.

Cllr Cliff Hughes, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member 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.”

Bovis Homes begins work first on the Vernon Carus site with 189 homes due to be finished first – a mix of one bed apartments to five-bedroomed homes.

The development is part of the City Deal, a £434 million boost to infrastructure in the Preston and South Ribble area which will see major new roads and swathes of housing built.

Do you live in the area? What do you think of the plans for the homes? Let us know in the comments below

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