Controversial applications for two Preston sites rejected again

Protest: Emelia Barker with a poem she wrote against the Hollins plans, and residents
Protest: Emelia Barker with a poem she wrote against the Hollins plans, and residents
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Two controversial applications in the north of Preston have been thrown out by councillors - again.

Preston Council’s planning committee had already rejected plans by Hollins Strategic Land LLP to build up to 48 homes off Hoyles Lane in Cottam earlier this year.

And a resubmitted application has now been refused again, against the advice of planning officers.

A separate application to change the access to a development to the north of the same road, submitted by CEG Land Promotions Ltd, was also thrown out in the stormy meeting, despite being recommended for approval by officers.

Earlier plans relating to the same site had been refused in April and are subject to an appeal.

Matthew Symonds, agent for the Hollins application, asked the committee to approve the plans, and said traffic could be controlled with a management plan.

But Hoyles Lane resident Simon Barker, part of Cottam Village Action Group (CoVAG), said: “Any increase to traffic flow will increase the safety risk, HGVs and construction traffic should not be allowed.

“This application was unanimously rejected once, nothing has changed, it does not align with the masterplan.

“It has a severe impact on highway safety.”

CEG had applied to change a condition of approved plans for up to 350 homes to the north of Hoyles Lane and to the east of Sidgreaves Lane.

The company wanted to allow the first phases of development to access the site from Hoyles Lane, rather than Sidgreaves Lane as originally intended.

But the plans were rejected, again, over traffic fears and highway and pedestrian safety.