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Luxury homes plan for former deaf school site

School days: The former deaf school in Preston. Below: Pupils who attended the school.

School days: The former deaf school in Preston. Below: Pupils who attended the school.

New homes could be built on the site of a former school for the deaf in Preston.

Plans have been lodged with the city council’s planning committee to build houses on the former Royal Cross site on Brockholes Brow in Fishwick.

Applicant Steve Jackson has submitted proposals for 14 detached houses, each with four or five bedrooms, as well as alterations to access following the demolition of an existing building.

A statement from agent Fish Associates said the proposals sought to address “redevelopment of a derelict site into a high quality residential development” and “enhance the landscape on site to improve nature conservation and habitat creation”.

It said: “The scheme seeks to use a previously developed site and has been designed to provide a high quality scheme with its own identity and coherent character while minimising impacts on local residents.”

Fishwick councillor Martyn Rawlinson described the plans as “ambitious”.

He said: “It looks quite an exclusive little development really, and as long as the access is deemed safe by the highways people, I would be surprised if there are many objections.

“I can’t see it having too much impact on the area. It is a densely populated area and that development won’t really add to that because it is 14 detached houses.

“So it’s not going to worsen the density of the population and it won’t put too much pressure on roads and the local infrastructure.”

He added: “Fourteen, four-five bedroomed properties is going to do nothing for the housing problem, but we are all in favour of reusing brownfield sites as long as it doesn’t detract from local services.”

A decision will be made by the planning committee.

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