Details lodged for housing estate on edge of village

Proposals: Land off Ribblesdale Drive in Grimsargh
Proposals: Land off Ribblesdale Drive in Grimsargh
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Detailed plans for a mini housing estate in Grimsargh have been lodged with Preston Council.

An application for up to 70 homes on land off Ribblesdale Drive was thrown out by councillors last year, but was later allowed on appeal.

Now Wainhome Developments have submitted the details for 64 homes, with garages, roads and landscaping.

Preston Council’s planning committee had turned down the outline application for the 4.5 hectare plot, over fears the development would “significantly compromise” the area of separation between Grimsargh and the northern edge of Preston.

But an appeal was allowed earlier this year, after an inspector ruled the scheme would help meet the shortfall in housing land supply.

The inspector said: “It would also contribute to tenure choice by providing market and affordable housing, assist with stemming the outward migration from the Preston City Council area and provide a large area of public open space.”

Detailed plans have now been submitted, which include play areas, a habitat zone and landscape elements.

One document submitted states: “The layout produced creates a pedestrian safe and friendly scheme with a variety of adoptable and private highway configurations, some of which have separate footpaths to the main carriageway and others are shared surfaces of private spaces.”

It said: “The development is proposed with a distinctive identity to that which surrounds it but with elements providing a linked theme.”

Coun Neil Cartwright, who represents Preston Rural East, said he was concerned about the distribution of affordable homes, and also that a car park may be used by children as a play area which could “cause problems”.

He said he thought it was “wrong” to build the development and said: “On this occasion the inspector said the shortage of housing stock outweighed the disbenefits.

“I would still rather the houses weren’t built, but that’s a battle that has been lost.”

He added: “I’m just disappointed that they haven’t scattered the affordable housing around the site and mixed them in with the other properties.”