Plans for development of 14 homes in Preston thrown out

Rejected: Maxy House Farm owner Andrew Bradshaw at the site
Rejected: Maxy House Farm owner Andrew Bradshaw at the site
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A development of 14 homes in rural Preston has been thrown out.

Plans had been submitted by Andrew Bradshaw’s Parkinson Developments for 14 detached houses at Maxy House Farm on Sandy Lane, Woodplumpton.

I’ve sat on the planning committee for the last couple of years and we have had rooms full of residents arguing for the North West development of Preston to be planned and not to be done with bits here and there.

Coun David Borrow

Officers had recommended the application for refusal, partly over concerns the houses would be “in isolation” of the rest of the North West Preston area, and councillors voted unanimously to reject the plans.

During the stormy meeting, Mr Bradshaw claimed there was a lack of “joined-up thinking”, and said: “For 18 months I’ve had the support of the council and for the last one month I’ve had no support.”

But principal planning officer Natalie Beardsworth said: “The council’s preferred approach is to develop North West Preston in a comprehensive and sustainable way and this proposal fails to take account of that.”

She said plans had been submitted by the applicant in January last year, and later withdrawn.

She said: “An unfortunate consequence of what’s happened in those 12 months is the council now has a clearer picture of how they want development to happen in North West Preston. We want the areas to be very well designed and create sense of place.”

Coun David Borrow said the committee had “no alternative” but to reject the plans.

He said: “I’ve sat on the planning committee for the last couple of years and we have had rooms full of residents arguing for the North West development of Preston to be planned and not to be done with bits here and there.

“I think it is unfortunate with this applicant that his piece of land is near to one of those areas where the land has to be planned in a particular way. In a sense the application is premature.

“We have seen as a committee, developments coming forward that haven’t fitted in with any masterplan.”

He added: “This clearly is premature and it is unfortunate, a lot of work has been put in by the applicant and his team.

“It is the fact it might not fit in with the rest of the development of North West Preston.

“I think we have no alternative but to reject it.”