MEMBERS of the Lightfoot Lane Area Residents’ Association (Llara), have expressed disappointment at the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to allow the construction of 330 new homes on green field land,
The Government body stepped in over Redrow’s application for a site off Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood, after Preston Council failed to make a decision within 13 weeks.
The approval was granted on grounds that infrastructure improvements would be made to the area when a road masterplan is signed off.
A Llara spokesman said: “The vision of the masterplan, which has not even had its second phase of public consultation, was to plan and develop a coherent and phasing of necessary infrastructure for North West Preston, for this and the many other applications that are flooding in; to get the appropriate and proportional infrastructure in place before piecemeal developments commence, and to avoid lengthy disruption to existing residents.
“This approval is to build without any commitment to new facilities on site or before any new road is built. They will be using the existing road network which will cause further delays and traffic jams. It will in our view give rise to increased issues of road safety.”
He added that Llara believes Preston Council is too fearful of standing up for what they believe is wanted, as they could be liable for costs if they lose at appeal.
Llara and its supporters remain committed to fight the next phase of development, to “try to ensure the character of the lane is not compromised.”