Housing scheme gets green light

Vision: An artist's impression of the Haydock Grange site

Vision: An artist's impression of the Haydock Grange site

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Detailed plans for a housing development in the north of Preston have been approved, despite criticism from neighbours.

The appearance, layout, scale and landscaping relating to 205 homes at the Haydock Grange site in Cottam were given the green light at this week’s planning committee meeting.

But residents’ representatives raised worries and asked for “greater clarity and openness” on what was being agreed.

An outline application by Taylor Wimpey for up to 450 homes at the site had previously been approved, and now detailed plans for the first 205 houses have been given the nod.

Addressing the public meeting, Coun Julie Buttle said the primary access to the site would initially be Hoyles Lane - a “narrow country road” - before a new roundabout was built at Tabley Lane after 15 months or after the 51st house was built.

She raised concerns that the roundabout would be too small to serve the wider north-west Preston development, and that off-site drainage was yet to be finalised.

She said: “In my opinion it’s not exactly planning for the future, is it?”

Principal planning officer Natalie Beardsworth said: “We know a larger roundabout will be needed, and when the designs are complete they will be available.

“In order to prevent abortive works, county are aiming to provide that roundabout.”

Councillors agreed the details of the proposed scheme.

for a mixture of house types, ranging from two to five bedrooms.

Committee member Coun John Browne said: “We live in a country where the car is king.

“I’m concerned not enough people will use public transport to stop car congestion.

“I’m not going to vote against this, but I do feel for the local residents. They are currently in a semi rural location, and they are going to be living on a building site for a good two years.

“Whether it’s a bigger or smaller roundabout, I would not want to be living with what’s happening up there.

“There’s nothing we can do about it, Preston doesn’t have a five year housing supply and the government says you can build wherever, and that’s the reality of the situation we are in.”

The application was approved, subject to conditions, by a majority of nine to five.