Concern as controversial rural Preston housing plans lodged

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Plans have been lodged to build a new housing development in rural Preston.

Applicant Andrew Forrest has tabled plans to build 118 homes on land at D’Urton Lane in Broughton, following the demolition of existing buildings.

Proposals include developing the 12-acre site, close to the A6, with homes of two to five bedrooms.

But critics have slammed the plans as premature, and said they hoped they would be rejected by city planning bosses.

Coun Neil Cartwright, who represents Preston Rural East, said he was concerned about the access onto D’Urton Lane, and the impact on traffic.

He said: “There is a lot of opposition.

“The biggest issue is they are going to come out of D’Urton Lane and bring all the machinery at the point which really shouldn’t be used.

“In the context of the larger area, the master plan identifies housing there, but not on this scale and this design and this access.”

But bosses at consultancy PWA Planning said residents had been consulted, which led to the number and layout of proposed homes being “altered significantly”.

They also said the homes would help tackle the under-supply of housing in Preston.

PWA Planning has worked with developer Charles Church on the plans for the site, currently used as a paddock.

Paul Walton, director of PWA Planning, said: “The plans we are drawing up offer, we feel, a suitably scaled development to the north of Preston to deliver much-needed homes in a sustainable, sympathetic and well-thought out manner.

“The plan has been drawn up with full consideration of the area and existing homes in the locality and it has sustainability at its core.

“The provision of open spaces will, we believe, play a large part in retaining the area’s rural feel.

“The plan also includes the creation of a significant amount of affordable homes for local people, something we believe is vitally important when creating a development such as this.”