REJECTED: Preston families celebrate after new home plans are thrown out

Protest: 10-year-old Emelia Barker with the poem she wrote against plans for the field next to her home, and neighbours

Protest: 10-year-old Emelia Barker with the poem she wrote against plans for the field next to her home, and neighbours

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Families in the north of Preston were celebrating after two major planning applications for the area were thrown out.

Hollins Strategic Land LLP had applied for permission for up to 48 homes off Hoyles Lane in Cottam, and CEG Land Promotions Ltd had asked to change the access to a development to the north of the same road.

This application does not align with the masterplan, it is not in the best interests of the community, it will increase the risk to road users and pedestrians, and it will have a negative impact on the area.

Simon Barker

Officers at Preston Council had recommended both sets of plans for approval, but both were unanimously rejected by councillors in the packed meeting room.

Matthew Symons of Sedgwick Associates, agent for the Hollins application, said the site would “contribute quickly towards housing in North West Preston and the council’s land supply”.

But the plans, which had already sparked 10-year-old Emeila Barker to write a poem against them, were refused over fears traffic would have a “severe impact on highway safety” if the homes were built before the East West Link Road.

Simon Barker, of Cottam Village Action Group (CoVAG), said: “This application does not align with the masterplan, it is not in the best interests of the community, it will increase the risk to road users and pedestrians, and it will have a negative impact on the area.”

Coun Elizabeth Atkins said: “Hoyles Lane is a country lane, I think it is unsupportable to add extra traffic to it at this stage, it’s too early.”

CEG had applied to change a condition of approved plans for up to 350 homes to the north of Hoyles Lane and to the east of Sidgreaves Lane. The company wanted to allow the first phases of development to access the site from Hoyles Lane, rather than Sidgreaves Lane as originally agreed, following discussions with a housebuilder.

But resident Karen Wheelan said: “Don’t risk people’s safety for developers’ profits.”

The plans were turned down on the grounds of highways safety.