Fight against 48 homes plan fails

Protest: Neighbour Emelia Barker with a poem she wrote against the plans

Protest: Neighbour Emelia Barker with a poem she wrote against the plans

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Town Hall bosses have failed in a bid to block 48 homes on land in the north of Preston, after an appeal was allowed by inspectors.

Councillors voted twice to throw out the plans for the site off Hoyles Lane in Cottam, against officers’ recommendations, over fears of a “severe” impact on highway safety.

But the application was taken to an appeal hearing, where an inspector deemed she was “not convinced” by the evidence provided.

The council avoided an award of costs against them, but objectors were left “disappointed” by the decision.

A report to the council’s planning committee said: “The inspector commented that as a result of the relatively low levels of traffic the development would produce, coupled with the planned traffic calming measures, she was not convinced by the evidence provided that the development would have a severe impact on highway safety.”

It added: “The inspector considered that the evidence presented by the council was cogent and specific, but she was unconvinced that the effect of the development on highway safety on Hoyles Lane was severe.

“The case presented by the council’s professional highway consultant was substantive and representative of the reason for refusal, which prevented an awards of costs against the council.”

Julie Buttle, clerk to Woodplumpton Parish Council, said: “The parish council has supported the principle of the masterplan that development shouldn’t impact on existing residential areas and therefore this application should have been refused.

“Consequently, we are disappointed with the inspector’s decision.”