The Pegasus Group Liverpool office have successfully negotiated planning consent at Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Planning Committee for 31 affordable homes in Langho, Lancashire. The applicants, Great Places are the Council’s preferred provider of affordable housing. This will be phase 3 of the residential development which comprises a mix of Shared Ownership and Social Rent units. There were a number of discussions relating to the delivery of affordable housing due to the unique nature that Great Places secure funding. We agreed on conditions which will ensure the delivery of affordable housing whilst avoiding limitations that would have been unacceptable to Great Places’ funders. The application was approved unanimously at the committee.
The proposal will provide significant economic potential through the provision of jobs for local builders, increased spending in the local economy and providing benefits to the Council.
The proposal will provide affordable housing and older person’s housing that addressed a local housing need. This will provide a social benefit as it will go towards ensuring that a sufficient number and range of homes can be provided to meet the needs of present and future generations.
The site will provide environmental benefits by providing good architecture, layout and appropriate landscaping. The scheme would be sympathetic to the local character and incorporates a good level of open space. The proposal is an effective use of space by providing much needed affordable accommodation in a development that protects and enhances the natural and built environment.
Great Places are Ribble Valley Borough Council’s preferred provider of affordable housing. They manage over 19,000 units across the North West and have a strong track record in terms of building new homes, having delivered nearly 6,000 in the last ten years across the North West of England. Their latest corporate plan sets ambitious targets to deliver 8,000 homes over the next 10 years. In 2018, Great Places welcomed a landmark strategic partnership (SP) with Homes England that will see the organisation build 750 additional affordable homes across the North over the next four years, enhancing existing funding in place to deliver 1,200 homes. The SP enables delivery of homes for social rent in areas of high affordability pressure of which Ribble Valley is one of only 7 in the North West. This scheme will be the first scheme in Ribble Valley to have grant funded Social Rent units in over 10 years.