Almost 100 people attended a meeting to show support for an extension to a Leyland housing development.

The proposals for Cuerden Residential Park, Nell Lane, which will see 52 homes for older people built in the area, were passed by a Chorley Council planning committee.

The plans includes a bowling green, pavilion, allotments, community building and better transport links.

Park owner and applicant Michael Campbell said: “So many people, including staff and residents, are thrilled with the decision and we now aim to run our vision into a reality. Cuerden Residential Park is already a thriving community with its own Post Office and club and this development will provide the opportunity for more older people to enjoy this lifestyle, and for existing residents to have the benefit of new facilities such as the bowling green and allotments.”

After the meeting, park resident Jim Freeman said people were delighted. He said: “I think the committee was surprised to see such a large number of people in the public gallery in support of a planning application.

“Often people turn up in objection to development, but this application has so much local backing and so many community benefits.”