Phase one of tram plan recommended for refusal

How a tram stop on Deepdale Street, Preston, will look as part of the city's tram network.
How a tram stop on Deepdale Street, Preston, will look as part of the city's tram network.
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PLANS for the first phase of a project to build a tram line in Preston look set to be thrown out.

Trampower Ltd has submitted plans to reopen a former railway line in the Deepdale area of the city.

The firm wants to reopen a stretch of the former railway line between the coal yard off Deepdale Street and the rear of St Chads Road.

The plans also include putting up masts and overhead cables, the construction of station platform building, a tram shed/storage building and 2.4m high fencing and gates.

Officers at Preston Council recommend the plans be refused. The council has received three letters in support and one objection.

A report before the council concludes: “The principle of the proposed tramway at the application would not conflict with the land use policies for the site within the adopted Preston Local Plan. However, the applicant has failed to provide sufficient information to demonstrate that the proposal would not have any unacceptable adverse impacts upon the strategic and local highway network and upon the safety of pedestrians and passengers.

“In addition, insufficient information has been submitted to demonstrate that the proposed development would not have amy adverse impacts upon biodiversity and habitats, with particular reference to great crested newts and slow worm populations. Therefore the proposed development would conflict with national and local planning policies and is unacceptable.”

Lewis Lesley, of Trampower Ltd, said ecological surveys carried out over the past four weeks have not shown any crested newts or slow worms in the area and he hopes a report from county council over the highways will be sufficient.

He added: “We are always hopeful – especially now this is in the city council’s own local plan.”