The site was designated as Safeguarded Land in the South Ribble Local Plan in February 2000. The Local Plan designated Safeguarded Land to meet the longer term development needs of the Borough.
Land South of Penwortham and North of Farington was identified as a Strategic Location in the Central Lancashire Core Strategy in July 2012. The area was identified as strategic significance because of its ability to significantly contribute to South Ribbles infrastructure and housing requirements.
City Deal Status is a national initiative introduced by the Government as a way of targeting economic growth in key cities across the country. The Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal was agreed and signed in September 2013.
The City Deal Partners are the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Central Government, Lancashire County Council, Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Homes England.
The City Deal is a ten year infrastructure delivery programme. It is funded through local and national private and public sector resources. The private sector contributes through Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and other developer contributions. The public sector contributes through a number of ways including retaining the value uplift from land sales by Homes England.
More than 20,000 new private sector jobs;
Nearly £1 billion growth in Gross Value Added;
17,420 new homes; and
£2.3 billion in leveraged commercial investment.
The City Deal will see investment pumped into South Ribble, resulting in new roads, better public transport, improved public spaces and reduced congestion. Required infrastructure to support population growth, such as new schools and health centres, will also be provided.
A City Deal Infrastructure Delivery Programme and City Deal Investment Fund have been established by the City Deal Partners which together are worth £450m over the lifetime of the Deal.
A Stewardship Board has been created which oversees assets belonging to Homes England and local Partners which will be sold for inclusion within the Infrastructure Delivery Programme. Pickering’s Farm is included as a Homes England asset covered by the Stewardship Board.
Pickering’s Farm has been identified as a preferred site to support the planned economic growth and help deliver the 17,000 new homes.
Pickering’s Farm was formally allocated as a Major Site for Development in the South Ribble Local Plan adopted in July 2015.
What is an Allocated Site?
An allocated site confirms that the principle of development for which the land is allocated for is acceptable. Policies are provided in Local Plans which support the future development of the allocated site.
Why is Pickering’s Farm allocated for Major New development?
South Ribble Borough Council has identified a requirement for up to 7,000 new homes between now and 2026 across the Borough. Pickering’s Farm has been identified as a Major Development Site which can deliver up to 1,350 new homes.
What is Pickering’s Farm allocated for?
Pickering’s Farm will be a residential led new neighbourhood and will make provision for a range of land uses including employment, commercial, green infrastructure and community uses. An agreed Masterplan is required for the comprehensive development of the site which includes Pickering’s Farm and land which is continued to be safeguarded guarded to Coote Lane.
Taylor Wimpey and Homes England bring forward plans to deliver a new neighbourhood at Pickering’s Farm. Local people are invited to have their say on the vision for the future neighbourhood.
Later consultations and workshops will be undertaken as the plans develop over 2018, as the team work towards adoption of the Masterplan by South Ribble Borough Council and the submission of planning applications for the new development in early 2019.