Campaigners are “frustrated and disappointed” that a controversial plan to build 330 homes on greenfield land has been passed by the Planning Inspectorate.
The Government body took up the Redrow Homes application for land off Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood, after Preston Council failed to make a decision within the prescribed 13-week period.
More than 160 residents had joined the Lightfoot Lane Area Residents Association’s (LLARA) campaign against the homes, claiming infrastructure in the area was poor, green spaces needed preserving, and the development would cause traffic chaos.
In the appeal decision, Inspector P J Asquith said: “Whilst ‘greenfield’, the appeal site does not comprise the best and most versatile agricultural land”.
He also noted that the site “would make an important contribution to meeting housing needs”, as Preston Council does not have a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites.
The Inspector also said the objections about the lack of transport infrastructure were no longer valid due to road improvements such as the Broughton Bypass and a local distributor road, proposed in Lancashire County Council’s Central Lancashire Transport Masterplan.
Lea Councillor Julie Buttle said: “We’ve fought very hard on this, because we felt that we needed more information on infrastructure.
“We still haven’t got that, such as how many people will be using the Broughton Bypass, and how many people will be living in these homes.
“Its frustrating and disappointing, but it’s not all doom and gloom.
“Although outline plans have been approved, they can’t put detailed plans in until the Masterplan goes through.”
A spokesperson for Redrow Homes (Lancashire) said: “We are now developing our proposals for the site with a view to submitting a reserved matters application early in the New Year.
“Our plans will deliver high quality two, three and four-bedroom family homes, including an element of affordable homes.
“Our proposals will also provide a financial contribution towards the provision of new infrastructure to serve the North West Preston area.”