Taylor Wimpey forced to redraw Penwortham scheme

A masterplan for a 244-acre development site in South Ribble, intended to unlock up to 2,000 homes, has been knocked back by the council. 

South Ribble Council’s planning officers had recommended that the masterplan, drawn up by 5plus Architects and consultancy Avison Young, be deferred at a meeting last week. However, councillors voted to refuse the proposals and called on the developer to return with a more comprehensive proposal. 

One of the main reasons for refusal was officers’ concern over the suitability of the Cross Borough Link Road, a proposed road that forms part of the development plan.

The masterplan is intended to guide future development for the entire site, including land owned by Taylor Wimpey and Homes England, as well as land earmarked for development by third parties that includes provision for a village green, play areas, a local centre, primary school and skills centre.

The site, known locally as Pickering’s Farm, was allocated in 2015 by South Ribble Council as a major location for residential-led development in its Local Plan. The site also forms part of the Central Lancashire City Deal. 

As part of the masterplan site, Taylor Wimpey, in conjunction with Homes England, lodged plans for 1,100 homes on the site – a development known as The Lanes – in February. 

The Lanes is a residential-led mixed use scheme that would comprise a mix of housing, as well as 27,000 sq ft of retail space across 53-acres at Pickering’s Farm. 

The residential offer would include one-, two-, three, four- and five-bedroom homes – a mix of semi-detached and detached properties and apartments. Situated to the west of Penwortham Way, that scheme would also include 35 acres of green space and parks, and a primary school. 

A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey and Homes England said: “While we are disappointed with the decision to refuse the masterplan for proposed development of The Lanes, we understand the importance of listening to feedback.

“We want to ensure that the proposed masterplan will meet the needs of the local community, and will continue our consultation with South Ribble Council, key stakeholders and local people to achieve this.”