Labour leaders Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Raynor visit housing development in Leyland

Posted on - 6th June, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Housing, Leyland, People, Politics, Preston Locations, Preston News, Redevelopment, South Ribble News

Barratt and David Wilson Homes recently welcomed the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party to its Leyland development, Centurion Village, as part of their tour around Lancashire.


Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner were taken on a tour of the site on Longmeanygate where investment, sustainability and community objectives are being met.

The 197-home community, which is transforming the site of the former Leyland Test Track, includes 59 affordable homes on its first phase, with the agreed planning application approving the possibility for up to 950 properties.

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On the visit to the site, the Labour Leaders were able to highlight the Party’s position and pledge to increase home ownership and to reform planning, to build more homes and more affordable homes.


There was a chance to meet Eion Reynolds, an award-winning Site Manager at the development who was recognised by the National House Building Council (NHBC) for his high construction standards, by means of a Pride in the Job Quality Award.

Rayner and Starmer take in the view from one of the new-build properties

Barratt Developments’ Site Managers won 98 Pride in the Job Quality Awards in 2022, more than any other housebuilder. The company was also recognised as a five-star developer by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) for a 14 th consecutive year in March, which means over 90% of customers would recommend Barratt and
David Wilson Homes to a friend.

On the tour of Centurion Village, Sir Keir and Angela were also able to meet the Barratt and David Wilson Homes site teams, including apprentice Lucas Worswick, and sat down for a chat with a couple of first time buyers at the development.

Rhys Nicholson, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “We were thrilled to welcome Sir Keir and Angela to our Centurion Village development to provide the opportunity to view the ongoing works and discuss our exciting plans for growth as the UK’s largest housebuilder.

“We’re very proud of our progress in Leyland, and we’ll continue to prioritise ecology, sustainability and investment in the local community as the development takes shape.”

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A series of actions have been implemented at the Leyland development in order to focus on sustainability. The leading homebuilder is working with Fox Group, a national supplier of plant and machinery, haulage, aggregate supply and muck away which regularly imports stone for the developer.

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Limestone is delivered to the Leyland depot via train, and transported straight to the development on electric trucks.

Additional features are also in place at Centurion Village to ensure it has a long-lasting positive environmental impact, such as solar panels and electric vehicle charging points on selected homes.

Three of the show homes at the development have also been awarded a gold standard RSPB award for wildlife-friendly designs, due to the inclusion of a variety of features like a bee box, a hedgehog highway, a pond, and many more accessories to help nature to thrive in the outdoor spaces.

For more information about the properties available at any nearby developments, visit the website at Barratt Homes in Lancashire or David Wilson Homes in Lancashire.

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