Eighty-two new homes look set to transform the outlook for neighbours of the former Prestolite site in Leyland.

And proposals for the land off Golden Hill Road could provide a £50,000 windfall for town centre improvements.

Cash would be made available for public open space and street furniture if plans for the 2.3 hectare site are given the go-ahead.

Neighbours have protested that the plans will lead to increased parking problems along Edgerton Road and Cleveland Road.

And they are concerned that birds, nesting in retaining walls on the site, will be turfed out when builders move in.

But the application, from Rowland Homes and Lazarus Properties, has been recommended for approval by South Ribble planners.

County council highway officials have also said that they have no problems with the proposals.

The final decision will rest with the borough’s development control committee which was due to meet tonight.

Developers have been told that they must provide 16 ‘affordable’ homes within the site, which would mainly comprise of two-storey homes, and a three-floor block of six apartments.

Two previously-approved sets of plans never reached fruition. The most recent, in 2009, stalled after a dispute between the landowner, mortgagee and applicant, councillors have been told.