Controversial housing designs given go ahead

Under discussion: Controversial plans for the Persimmon housing estate on land off Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood

Under discussion: Controversial plans for the Persimmon housing estate on land off Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood

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Controversial designs for a new housing estate have been “reluctantly” approved.

Outline permission for the 70 home development on land to the rear of Lime Chase and Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood, was passed in 2011, but planning bosses had to agree on the scale and design.

Greyfriar’s ward Councillor Stephen Thompson, spoke on behalf of nearby residents to start the 90 minute discussion at Preston Town Hall.

He said: “The majority of houses in Lightfoot Lane are from the 1930s and 40s and are much larger.

“There are arts and crafts houses, real quality houses down there, and this development doesn’t reflect that.”

Councillor John Bruton added: “They are trying to be pseudo-Edwardian villas, which they are not.

“To my mind, it’s very, very poor design.”

Of the 70 houses, 16 will be two and three bedroom affordable houses, arranged in two blocks of 10 and six houses.

Councillor Thompson added: “I would have liked the affordable homes to have been pepper potted around the site, rather than clumped together because this can stimgamise people in those houses.”

His concerns were echoed by several committee members.

Councillor Elizabeth Atkins said: “It’s polite ghettoisation of affordable homes.”

Councillor Tom Davies generated moans of disgreementby saying he saw no problem with the arrangement,

Councillor Stuart Greenhalgh raised concerns over provision of services.

He said: “To me, this is a quart into a pint pot.

“It’s a massive development on that site and the roads look very, very narrow. I’m worried about access for lorries.”

Paul Cocks, planning officer, said Lancashire County Council’s Highways Department had raised no concerns.

Councillor David Borrow, vice chair of the planning committee recommended to “reluctantly go along” with the application because he felt the the council would not win the decision over affordable homes on appeal.

The design was passed with 11 for, three against and one abstention.

A second application, for a shisha cafe smoking shelter at the former New Ship pub in Watery Lane, was deferred for the applicant to redesign.

Concerns focused on large amounts of white PVC and a gated alleyway.

Coun Atkins said: “This is an appalling structure.

“It’s a shed, slap-bang in the middle of a housing area and it doesn’t blend in at all.”

Coun Bruton said: “It’s cheap, nasty, and adding nothing. We should expect better.”

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