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Leyland - Lancashire

A 35 acre site, formerly in use as a rubber plant, on the outskirts of Leyland town centre in Lancashire. The site had a substantial coverage of inter-war multi-storey buildings and was acquired by Harrow Estates from Leyland & Birmingham Limited in September 2001.

This urban brownfield site had significant planning policy and development issues with no allocation for residential development and a strong policy framework on employment land retention. In addition the Borough Council were about to enter into housing moratoria; the key issue was therefore to speedily deliver a planning consent for residential development.


  • An outline planning application was submitted for 400 dwellings and was primed for phased implementation to ensure its attractiveness to the residential land market.
  • To assist in marketing the outline application was accompanied by a full application for primary infrastructure.
  • Harrow Estates managed all of the planning process, including Section 106 negotiations.
  • The demolition of buildings and clearance of the site was managed and supervised by Harrow Estates.
  • In addition the Section 106 Agreement reduced the affordable housing requirements from 20% to 3% and managed downwards all other requests for contributions.
  • As part of the planning negotiations the Authority were persuaded to accept residential development in spite of a lack of housing needs.
  • The proposal was the last significant scheme delivered through planning for some years in the area.
  • The site was subsequently sold and was developed by George Wimpey Homes.

Key Facts

No. Acres: 35

No. Units: 400

Requirements: Demolition, Infrastructure, Planning and Decontamination

Purchased From: Layland & Birmingham Ltd

Sold To: George Wimpey Homes

Date Acquired: September 2001

Previous Classification: Brownfield