Anger after controversial application is resubmitted

Site: The location of the land approved for up to 350 homes
Site: The location of the land approved for up to 350 homes
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Neighbours have told of their “outrage” after plans relating to a new housing estate in North West Preston were re-lodged, despite already being thrown out.

CEG Land Promotions Ltd has outline permission for up to 350 homes, a local centre and a school in Cottam.

It had been agreed that access to the development would be via a new road from Sidgreaves Lane, with bus and emergency access only from Hoyles Lane.

But the company had applied to allow the first phases of development to access the site from Hoyles Lane, following discussions with a housebuilder.

The plans were thrown out by Preston Council’s planning committee over fears of the impact on highways safety, but have now been resubmitted.

Lea councillor Christine Abram said she was “outraged” the plans had been relodged and said: “The access on Hoyles Lane was supposed to be an emergency road.”

A statement from agents Indigo Planning said permission had been refused earlier this year “despite no technical objections” to the plans. It said: “The applicant has spent the period since the granting of outline planning permission aligning itself to house builders to deliver the scheme.

“During this marketing activity interested house builders have stated that the access arrangements described in the approved planning permission do not work commercially for the early stages of development.”The statement said a “package of mitigation” had been developed.

Clerk to Woodplumpton Parish Council, Julie Buttle, said the council would discuss the plans next month, and said: “An initial look at the application does not reveal any changes from the previous refusal.”