Controversial nursery plan is back on the agenda

Plans for nursery on Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood

Plans for nursery on Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood

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Plans for a new children’s nursery on the edge of the Preston countryside are back on the table.

The scheme, which could see open grassland off Lightfoot Lane in Fulwood, transformed to provide state-of-the art childcare facilities, were deferred by Preston Council last month, and is now earmarked for approval.

Town Hall planning chiefs at Preston Council originally recommended the application was refused following fears it didn’t fit in with the vision for the area

Now though,the proposals submitted by Architects Bramley and Pate to demolish existing outbuildings and developing a day nursery for 120 children, brought forward in two phases, have been re listed for debate on Thursday.

The committee will be told that although the plan doesn’t fit in with a the future vision it does comply with current need.

The site, close to Tabley Lane, is currently used as grazing land bounded by hedgerows, with some mature tree planting.

A new access would be built on Lightfoot Lane to serve the initial development of a 44-place nursery.

Both Woodplumpton Parish Council and 22 local residents have objected to the proposal, by bosses of a leading independent school and nursery.

Parish councillors said North West Preston Masterplan indicates the site is allocated for housing. Lancashire County Council has withdrawn a previous highways objection, following the submission of amended plans and a site access plan.

The owners of the land, close to Tabley Lane, own and run Ashbridge Independent school and nursery in Hutton and recently opened a new nursery in Preston after redeveloping the site the old Bridge Inn in Walton-le-Dale.