South Ribble Borough Council have hit back at concerns over about a bid for new homes on green spaces in Leyland.

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, in last week's Citizen it was reported that residents and councillors have rallied together and are calling for the authority to reverse their decision and look at other locations.

Cllr Matthew Tomlinson was worried about 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.'

He was worried about how take green spaces instead.

However, a council spokesman said: "As a council, we strive to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents – which is why we’re embarking on some very exciting and ambitious plans to revamp our much-loved green spaces and leisure facilities treasured by all in South Ribble.

“We’re proud of what we already have – which is three Green Flag Award-winning parks – but we continually look to go one better, which is why we’ve committed to a comprehensive multi-million-pound programme (approved by Full Council) to revamp our leisure offering– but as part of a much wider programme of investment relating to health and wellbeing (and a drive towardspreventive health efforts), open spaces, and sustainable community assets.

“We’ve made a start on our green networks, which will link up these parks, and the multi-million-pound wider investment programme shows we’re serious aboutoptimising our outdoor assets – across the many different aspects and impacts, particularly around health, so the council greatly values our green spaces.

“As part of this work, we will be looking at sites which do not form part of the green links.

"By considering all appropriate uses of these sites, we will consider options including that of addressing the gap in the number of affordable homes available to our residents, as well as other considerations such as community-based services.

“At this stage, we have not formally agreed which of the sites could be brought forward or for what purpose as we will be seeking to carry out rigorous option appraisals. 

The council will ensure there is full consultation and involvement as part of any option appraisal work to be undertaken in due course.”