WORRIES over traffic and safety are amongst the concerns raised by residents about plans to build more than 30 homes.

Some 31 homes have been earmarked for land off Petre Wood Crescent, next to the A59 in Langho.

The application - newly lodged with Ribble Valley Council by Great Places Housing Group- will include a range of detached and semi-detached bungalows and houses.

Billington and Langho councillor Ruth Baxter said residents have come forward to her with concerns about the effect the plans will have on traffic and safety.

Cllr Baxter said: "Several residents have come forward to me with concerns.

"The main concern they have is that there will be a traffic exiting and coming into the estate.

"A development of 31 homes could mean 62 more cars."

Cllr Baxter said she would be working closely with residents to support them with their concerns.

She added: "They've also raised about children playing outside and their safety with more cars on the road."

But planning documents on behalf of Great Places state that the proposed development would have no material traffic impact.

While they said that Crashmap accident data shows that there were no recorded accidents on Petre Wood Crescent and Petre Wood Close in the five years from 2014 to 2018, while there was one accident at the Longsight Road/Whalley Road Junction in the vicinity of the site.

The proposal will comprise of two and three-bedroom houses and two-bedroom bungalows for shared ownership and social rent.

Great Places are Ribble Valley Council’s preferred provider of affordable housing and the scheme will be the first in the borough to have grant funded social rent units in more than ten years.

In a planning statement on behalf of Great Places, agent Pegasus Group, said the plans will offer affordable housing to a wide spectrum of people with various housing needs.

They said: "Great Places have provided a business plan for the development which is attached as part of the

planning application package.

"This states that Great Places wishes to deliver affordable housing on this site as it builds upon the previous two phases of residential development in this neighbourhood.

"They believe that the range of units provided on this phase will allow Great Places to offer affordable housing to a wide spectrum of people with various housing needs," they added.