Housing plans thrown out over fears of impact on Preston’s Guild Wheel

Signs on D'Urton Lane in protest against 118 plans proposed by Charles Church

Signs on D'Urton Lane in protest against 118 plans proposed by Charles Church

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Controversial plans to build a housing estate in rural Preston have been thrown out.

Preston Council’s planning committee went against advice from officers and rejected an application to build 118 homes at D’Urton Lane.

Plans had been submitted for the homes and infrastructure, but councillors refused the scheme over fears of a “severe impact” on road safety, and its effect on the Guild Wheel.

Charles Church Lancashire had lodged the plans on behalf of Andrew Forrest, and officers had recommended them for approval, subject to a section 106 agreement.

But mum-of-three Nicola Goodwill, who has led a Facebook campaign against the plans, told the meeting she had a “strong objection” to the use of D’Urton Lane, part of the Guild Wheel, to access the development. She said: “This is not an outright objection to housing, we understand the land in question is up for development, and it’s not ‘nimby’.

“It is a strong objection to the use of D’Urton Lane to access this proposed development.”

She added: “The D’Urton Lane section of the Guild Wheel is the only section that forces cyclists, vehicles and pedestrians together and it’s considered by many as the most dangerous.”

Coun Neil Cartwright, who represents Preston Rural East, described the Guild Wheel as the “jewel in Preston’s crown”.

He said: “If this goes ahead, the integrity of the Guild Wheel will be damaged, the whole 21 miles will be jeopardised.

“It is a legacy for the future, do not allow this to happen.”

Andy Pepper, planning and strategic manager for Persimmon Homes Lancashire, told the committee measures had been agreed to manage construction traffic, and also to protect Guild Wheel users.

He also said the development would make a “significant contribution to the council’s five-year land supply”.

Committee chairman Coun Brian Rollo said he didn’t think traffic would cause a problem on D’Urton Lane during construction or afterwards.

He said: “Post-development, the traffic will only be travelling on D’Urton Lane for a fairly short distance, and in the development phase the developer is looking to spend a lot of money controlling the speed of vehicles.”

But Coun John Browne said: “There are going to be more cars and more people altogether in the area and I’m wondering how safe that’s going to be.

“I’m fairly quickly reaching the conclusion it isn’t going to be. I don’t want any injuries or deaths on my watch, I don’t want to be responsible for that.”