Homes plan for former nursery

PLANS: Coun Charlotte Leach, who represents Garrison ward

PLANS: Coun Charlotte Leach, who represents Garrison ward

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A housing development could be built on the site of a former garden nursery.

Plans have been lodged to build up to 13 four and five-bedroomed homes on land at the former Eastway Nurseries in Preston.

Ribble Homes Ltd have submitted an outline application to Preston Council for access only, relating to the residential development at Eastway, Fulwood.

A statement submitted by agents LMP Ltd said the site was formerly a garden nursery, which closed for business in late 2012.

It said the premises were secured and the large glass house, tarmac hard-standing and planting beds still remained in the southern third of the plot.

The statement said: “An internal carriageway to Lancashire County Council’s adoptable standards will provide access to each property with off-street parking provided for a minimum of three cars per plot and internal landscaping.

“The development of the site will also see the enhancement of approximately 0.22ha of open space at the northern end of the site.

“This is considered to be for the benefit of future residents of the development and will maintain the green corridor along the B6241 Eastway.

“This was confirmed as being acceptable by Preston Council.”

A pre-application submission was lodged in relation to the site in December 2011.

Discussions were based on a scheme of 24 bungalows which proved “non-viable”, and so now a development of detached homes has been submitted.

Coun Charlotte Leach, who represents Garrison ward on Preston Council, said: “In theory I support building on the site.

“However, as the application was only received on August 4, it is too early for residents to have been fully consulted and therefore unlikely that they will have had the opportunity to develop an informed opinion.

“As of yet I have not been contacted about this issue and my colleagues and I intend on gauging residents’ opinions before we make any further comments.”