New estate gets all-clear from council planners

Council plans: A sketch of the 5.4 hectares of land at Eastway where 140 homes look set to be built

Council plans: A sketch of the 5.4 hectares of land at Eastway where 140 homes look set to be built

Up to 140 new homes look set to be built in Preston after an application was approved.

Hollins Strategic Land LLP lodged plans with Preston City Council, which were given the go-ahead at a meeting of the planning committee this week.

Members agreed the outline application for the residential development of 5.4 hectares of land, off Eastway in Fulwood.

The proposals were outlined in a report submitted to councillors ahead of the meeting, and suggest a layout of 26 homes per hectare.

The report said the proposed homes would be a mix of apartments, terraces, semi-detached and detached, and 30 per cent would be affordable.

It was also agreed, ahead of the meeting, that the applicant would pay a financial contribution of £52,830 towards the improvement of the frequency of the number four bus service.

The plans were approved at Monday’s meeting by 13 votes to one, subject to a section 106 obligation.

But Coun Margaret McManus said: “I have concerns about that road. We are bumper to bumper on Eastway. If it’s 140 houses, there’s 280 cars. There isn’t a bus route around there, there’s nothing.

“I don’t think it’s a good site to put all those houses on.”

Councillors asked questions at the meeting about the density of homes on the site, as well as the possible distance between them.

Head of development management Alison Kershaw said: “This application is an outline application where the issue of density can be considered.

“At reserved matters, issues can be considered about layout and, for example, the proximity of the houses to each other.

“What this application is seeking approval for is the principle for up to 140 houses, so members need to be satisfied 140 houses is acceptable.”

Coun David Borrow said: “We need to be aware that, as we grant approvals, while some members may be concerned about the gap between houses, the lower the density, the more land we will need to accommodate the houses.

“Every time we try and get low densities, that means green fields are going to be built 

“If developers come back wanting more than 140 homes, it might be a good thing.”




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