Anger over changes at homes site

Photo Neil Cross'The site of proposed housing developments throughout North West Preston'CEG

Photo Neil Cross'The site of proposed housing developments throughout North West Preston'CEG

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A row has erupted in North West Preston after developers tabled plans to change the access to a major housing scheme.

CEG Land Promotions Ltd already has outline permission for up to 350 home and a primary 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 now CEG has applied to make Hoyles Lane the main access to the site, for the first phase of the development.

A statement said the application was “only a minor material change”.

Coun Julie Buttle, who represents Lea ward, said: “CEG held a public consultation on this application in July 2012. The event was attended by almost 100 local residents. To ease their concerns about traffic, CEG proposed that the Hoyles Lane entrance would be for buses, cyclists and pedestrians only. CEG’s reasons were that these arrangements will encourage traffic to use other routes ‘rather than Hoyles Lane where there are known local concerns on highway issues’. The restricted access would also encourage the use of non-car modes of travel.

“I am bitterly disappointed that CEG are proposing to create a new access from Hoyles Lane.”

She added: “Hoyles Lane is narrow and totally unsuitable for the additional traffic - which is why applications were refused prior to the agreement to construct the Preston western distributor road and east-west road.”

A statement from agents Indigo Planning said CEG had approached housebuilders and said: “During this marketing activity, all interested housebuilders have stated that the approved access arrangements do not work commercially for the early stages of development. Hoyles Lane is the most attractive part of the site in terms of marketing, access to amenities and residential sales.

“Commercially therefore, the main access to the site for the first phases of development must be from Hoyles Lane rather than Sidgreaves Lane.”

The statement said the team had worked to develop mitigation measures.