Plans for up to 48 homes in North West Preston are lodged

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Plans have been submitted for another housing estate in North West Preston.

Hollins Strategic Land LLP has lodged an application to build up to 48 homes on land off Hoyles Lane in Cottam.

The plans are billed to create economic and social benefits for the area, but concerns have been raised about increased traffic using rural roads.

A statement from agents Sedgwick Associates said: “The proposals will result in economic, social and environmental benefits which are not significantly and demonstrably outweighed by any adverse impacts. The presumption in favour of sustainable development should therefore be applied and planning permission should be forthcoming.”

It said: “The erection of up to 48 dwellings will make efficient and effective use of the site whilst also providing a green link footway/cycleway, on-site open space and responding positively to ecological, arboricultural and accessibility recommendations.”

It said the size of the development had been chosen to “respond positively to the constraints and opportunities identified in the assessment of the application site and its setting”, and also to “provide a density that forms an effective transition between the low density development along Hoyles Lane to the south and the higher density of the approved Wainhomes development to the north.”

Julie Buttle, clerk to Woodplumpton Parish Council, said: “The parish council will consider the application at its meeting in February however in view of comments submitted in relation to other applications in this area, concern is likely to be expressed that the proposed access is being taken from Hoyles Lane.

“Furthermore, the illustrative master plan shows a road linking through to future development in North West Preston which will also increase the flow of traffic using Hoyles Lane. The parish council has repeatedly stated that the East-West link road should be developed first and all new housing development should be required to demonstrate that additional traffic will use the new road and not the existing rural lanes.”