A DECISION will be made next week on whether to allow two ‘hotel style’ homes for one of Preston’s wealthiest families.
Ayub Bhailok wants to demolish an empty house and bungalow at Silverholme, Cuerdale Lane, Walton-le-Dale, and replace them with two five-bedroomed detached houses with basements and triple garages, together with the creation of a tennis court and a three metre tall noise attenuation bund.
The two houses would each be 44.99m wide – half the length of a football pitch – and 21m deep, and would be built using yellow bricks, with grey brick and Portland stone detailing, red roof tiles and white painted sash window frames.
Planning have officers have recommended councillors refuse the application, fearing the homes would appear “more as a hotel complex”.
The design and access statement states that in each house, the rooms would be centred around a large central hallway, with five bedrooms and dressing rooms and en-suites at first floor.
At ground floor there would be a lounge/dining room, living room, kitchen, prayer room, and utility/laundry area.
Together they would have a total floorspace of approximately 1,890.47 sq m, which represents an increase of 113 per cent over the footprint of the existing buildings on site.
Eighty letters of representation have been receieved by South Ribble Council, 25 objecting to the proposal on grounds, with concerns that the style and design are not inkeeping with the area, the noise attenuation bund will be overbearing and will result in a loss of privacy and daylight, and it goes against Green Belt policy. There were 55 letters of support, including one from Mustaq Bhailok stating that he and his family want to make Silverholme their “lifetime family home.”
He writes: “I can confirm that these homes will be of a fantastic quality and build and be inkeeping with the Cuerdale Lane area. The current buildings on site have been empty for some years now and as such are in a condition of disrepair. This has been somewhat facilitated by youths vandalising the property and evidence of fly-tipping.”
Alban Cassidy, chartered town planner and environmental consultant at Cassidy + Ashton, said: “Plans for two new homes of a similar scale to the ones we are proposing have already been approved, however our client would prefer a traditional design that better reflects his personal taste.”
Members of South Ribble Council’s planning committee have been recommended to refuse the proposal when it goes before them on Wednesday, October 15.
Planning officers commented: “The dwellings have not been designed to take account of the nature of the area or surrounding development and appear more as a hotel complex.
“The visual dominance of the two formally designed, almost identical dwellings in such close proximity to one another would be detrimental to the open nature.”