Controversial plans for 48 Preston homes resubmitted

Protest: Emelia Barker, who wrote a poem against the plans, with neighbours
Protest: Emelia Barker, who wrote a poem against the plans, with neighbours
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Plans for a housing estate in North West Preston, previously thrown out amid resident opposition, are back on the table.

Hollins Strategic Land LLP had applied to build up to 48 homes on land off Hoyles Lane in Cottam, but Preston Council’s planning committee unanimously voted to reject the plans.

It should have connectivity between sites, which means all the new development and infrastructure such as community centres and schools, without being car dependent.

Julie Buttle

Now the application has been resubmitted, and an appeal against the decision is due to be lodged.

The plans had been refused earlier this year over fears of highway safety, despite having been recommended for approval.

A planning statement from agents Sedgwick Associates said: “The proposals will result in economic, social and environmental benefits which are not significantly and demonstrably outweighed by the perceived impact on the highways network. The presumption in favour of sustainable development should therefore be applied and planning permission should be forthcoming.”

The plans had previously caused controversy among neighbours, and sparked 10-year-old Emelia Barker to write a poem against them.

Clerk to Woodplumpton Parish Council, Julie Buttle, said the application would be discussed by the parish council in June.

She said: “We will probably still object to it on the same basis.

“North West Preston is supposed to be designed as a masterplan with connectivity between sites.

“It should have connectivity between sites, which means all the new development and infrastructure such as community centres and schools, without being car dependent.

“So to allow two developers, Wainhomes and Hollins, to put two applications in that can’t connect is not in-keeping with the masterplan.

“It should all connect into all of the areas and to say there’s no connectivity to the north, and therefore they’ve got to put an access onto Hoyles Lane, isn’t good enough because it’s not in-keeping with the masterplan.”

A design and access statement submitted to Preston Council said: “There is no opportunity to provide a vehicular link to land to the north as the approved Wainhomes development does not provide roads to the site boundary and therefore, ransom strips have been established.”

The statement said: “The amount of development will ensure an effective transition between the low density development to the south and the high density development to the north.

“The proposals will enhance biodiversity. The proposed public open space will create attractive environments for future occupiers and existing local residents.

“The anticipated development form will achieve a cohesive relationship with the surrounding area and promote good design.”

It added: “This professional assessment of the proposals shows that the scheme meets all the policies of the development plan, and site specific requirements.

“It shows that the proposals meet a high standard of design and accessibility when tested against the requirements of national and local policy.”