Steven Abbott Associates Secures Permission for Leyland Development

Steven Abbott Associates (SAA) has secured planning permission, subject to planning agreement, on behalf of Ainscough Properties Ltd in collaboration with Ainscough-Johnston, for a 471 strong residential development in Leyland.

The 32 acre site, which currently hosts a former bus factory, will see the development of a combination of two, three and four storey dwellings, primarily houses, 94 of which will be affordable homes. The development is subject to a planning agreement which involves contributions towards the regeneration of Leyland, including public open space, and improvements to a local traffic calming scheme.

SAA worked in close cooperation with the Local Planning Authority, South Ribble Borough Council, with extensive knowledge of the site, having formerly secured planning permission for a Morrisons store and other retail developments on the adjoining site. SAA worked with various other professional parties on the scheme including Bailey Deakin Hamilton, Taylor Young, Royal Haskoning – Denis Wilson Partnership, DLA Piper, Atkinson-Hodgson and WSP.

Partner at SAA, Steven Abbott said: “The securing of the permission on this site follows many years of hard work and cooperation with the Local Planning Authority. The development is part of a much wider regeneration initiative taken by the Ainscough Group, which in addition to retail and residential elements has witnessed the creation of a new business park from a further obsolete factory site nearby.”

Roger Lomas, associate director at Taylor Young who worked with SAA on the project adds:  “The client and team have worked closely and collaboratively to ensure our collective vision for this site is realised.  To gain a resounding vote of confidence in the design approach from the council only adds to the sense off achievement by all involved in the process.  The design is forward thinking, whilst ensuring it sits comfortably in its context; on this edge of this town centre site.  The objective of the proposals was to create homes not houses, places not spaces and a community rather than an estate.”

The development will feature elements of ‘garden suburb’ design, linking to Leyland’s historic associations with that era.

(April 2009)

Images courtesy of Taylor Young