A PETITION has been launched to battle plans for homes on green space in Leyland town centre.

In September, South Ribble Council’s cabinet agreed to release land known as Balcarres Green which is on Turpin Green recreation park and Spider Park for houses to be built.

However, residents and councillors have rallied together and are calling for the authority to reverse their decision and look at other locations.

Cllr Matthew Tomlinson, who has created the petition, said: “The council took a confidential decision in September to release three plots of land for potential housing.

“They were on Balcarres Green, another on Todd Lane South in Lostock Hall and then Kingsfold Drive in Penwortham.

“They spoke to one of the local councillors Derek Forrest about what he thought of houses on there and I have spoken to him and he said that there would be local opposition.

“However, we think the council have used that as consultation but how can you do that being an informal phone call.

“I understand it will be some old people’s houses or flats.

“There has been no public consultation and it was confidentially restricted but that should only be for putting it out to tender but that was not the case.

“The council are aware that the Turpin Green Lane area has some of the worst air quality for pollution yet we are going to make the situation worse by getting rid of one of the last green areas in the town centre which absorbs it and creates oxygen.

“Our campaign is gathering momentum with 600 signatures online.”

Kim Snape, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for South Ribble said “ Matthew, Derek, Aniela and I have been inundated with resident’s concerns over the proposals for this piece of land. We all know that there is pressure from Central Government for Council’s to approve more and more house building but surely local people must be consulted. Not to mention the fact that this piece of land is widely used by residents, families and walkers in the area. It’s also one of the few green spaces left in Leyland Town Centre.

“We believe the council should be actively protecting existing green spaces not exploiting them. The area is extremely popular with dog walkers, parents, families and their children.”

The Citizen contacted South Ribble Council but they did not provide a comment by the time of going to press.