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Former Leyland Test Track Development

RESIDENTS are invited to have their say on plans to redevelop the former Moss Side Test Track site in Leyland.

More than 900 new homes, a primary school, medical centre, and employment facilities could be built – if given the green light by South Ribble Borough Council’s planning committee.

A planning application has been submitted to the council by developer Property Capital, and residents are invited to have their say on the plans over a 30-day consultation.

The application is in two parts, each dealing with different parts of the site.

Full planning consent is being sought to build 197 new homes, roads, drainage and public open space for part of the site.

Developers also want outline planning permission for the development of the remaining 753 homes, a 5,000 sq metre business part, 15,000 sq metre industrial estate, primary school, green space, and a health centre. An outline application seeks to establish the principle of the use applied for and does not contain the same level of detail as the full application.

The proposed development is of such significance it would require an Environmental Impact Assessment.

The former test track site, which lies between the Moss Side Industrial Estate and Longmeanygate, was used by Leyland Motors to trial prototypes and vehicles fresh from the production line. But the site has lain unused since 2005.

If planning consent is granted, the scheme would be expected to take around 10 to 15 years to complete, and is part of the £434m Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.

The application is likely to be considered by the Planning Committee in early 2018, although no date has yet been set.

Click here to view the plans and find out how you can have your say.