LivePreston planning: Live updates as the future of more than 2,500 homes in Whittingham, Goosnargh, Barton and more are decided

A marathon meeting today will decide the future of more than 2,500 homes in the Preston area.

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 10:00 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 1:27 pm
Preston Town Hall

Preston City Council (PCC) can now hit Government housing targets, meaning it has more say over what developments it allows. It follows a recent landmark ruling on the area’s housing needs.

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Councillors have a day full considering plans to decide on a list of 15 housing applications

In a full day revisiting applications for new homes the city council’s planning committee will consider 15 proposals for homes.

Last updated: Thursday, 13 February, 2020, 18:07

Today could see rural villages like Whittingham, Goosnargh and Barton collectively protected from 974 new homes. 

Plans for up to 750 homes at the site of the former Whittingham Hospital are also up for approval. 

Overall a total of 1,572 houses for Lea, Fulwood, Preston city centre and Whittingham are tipped to be given the green light at today’s planning committee meeting

To the pub. 

The last application of the day is now being tabled

Last but not least 125 homes for land to the north of, Jepps Lane, Barton. Applicant is Story Homes. It's listed to be refused. 

A residents of Jepps Lane said the development was "totally unnecessary" considering Barton had a "complete lack of village infrastructure" and has "no documented need for housing". 

John Parker arguing against the build being approved said: "We sympathise with the council and the planners. We want the council to take back control."

A spokesman in favour of the plans representing PWA Planning urged the council to approve them but councillors blocked the build. 

We’re almost there...

We now have proposals for 151 homes at land at Cardwell Farm in Garstang Road, Barton. Wainhomes is the applicant. Plans are expected to be refused. 

Agent speaking on behalf of the developer said the plans were a "logical extension" to Barton. He also said benefits included 55 affordable housing units, areas of public open space with a children's area and cycle improvements on the A6 and a community building. 

The build has been blocked

Before planners are 140 homes for Bushells Farm in Mill Lane

These plans come from applicant Gerald Gornall along with social housing provider Community Gateway Association.

Similar to others, these plans are under a "holding direction" imposed by the secretary of state which allows him to call the proposals in for determination. Officers have advised councillors to block the application. 

Michelle is up to the speaker's chair - again - and councillors are joking that it's a" one-man show today". Addressing the planning committee she said the application is "totally unsuitable given it's location". She also said that it would be damaging "due to a lack of infrastructure".  

Michelle says while she appreciates Community Gateway is a "great organisation" homes need to be built where there is "sufficient infrastructure". 

A speaker backing the proposals said: "This is an opportunity to provide new homes and many benefits to Goosnargh." He added the "site can become an integral part of the village" and said benefits include open space in excess of the requirements and provision for affordable housing. 

Coun Peter Moss told councillors he was "torn by this one, I'm not 100 per cent convinced of refusal".

The proposals for 140 homes were rejected by the planning committee.

It's the final stint now - there are four more applications to decide

We’re into the early evening and right here are proposals for 111 houses at land to the rear of 126A Whittingham Lane in Broughton. The applicant is an A Bradshaw.

After councillors previously voted the plans through this application was put under a "holding direction" imposed by the secretary of state which allows him to call the proposals in for determination. 

Officers have now recommended the build to be refused. Michelle Woodburn of protest group, Goosnargh and Whittingham Against Overdevelopment, said: "Surely enough is enough."

Addressing the planning committee an agent from Emery Planning said: "This is a phase two development. Work has already been commenced on phase one. The principle of development has already been accepted." She also listed benefits of the build as a contribution to affordable housing and a significant bus contribution. 

The proposals to build were blocked by PCC's planning committee

... and I'll be back in the early evening at 5pm for the last four items on the day's agenda

Michael Wells is the applicant again for this next lot of homes.

It's for 40 homes at land at Swainson Farm in Goosnargh Lane and councillors refused the application

Next 87 homes are in the wings

The houses are for land north east of Swainson Farm in Goosnargh Lane. Michael Wells is the applicant.

Guess who is speaking again - Michelle. She said: "Why would vast numbers of families want to live where there is no infrastructure?"

An agent speaking in support of the scheme for the homes said: "The only thing that has changed is the council's interpretation of how it calculates its five year land supply." She says that Emery Planning does not agree that the council can demonstrate a five year land supply. 

Councillors voted to refuse the plans.

Now we’re moving onto plans for 80 homes at land South of Whittingham Lane, Goosnargh.

The proposals also include car parking area for Goosnargh Methodist Church with an access from Whittingham Lane. Applicant is Setantii Holdings.  This is another one which is subject to a holding direction from the secretary of state. 

The plans were tipped to be refused on the basis that the development would lead to an "unplanned expansion of the village and a loss of open countryside."

Michelle is up at the speaker's chair again stating her objections to the proposals. She said: "Preston City Council should not be held to ransom by greedy developers. They are taking advantage of the council's position to make money for themselves." She then urged developers to "build in areas that need this amount of homes" - she was referring to the Whittingham Hospital site

Plans for the homes were refused.

Coming up we’re talking about the possibility of 145 homes at land north of Whittingham Lane in Goosnargh.

Gladman Developments is the applicant. Again with this scheme, there's a holding direction in force. 

Explaining why officers advised councillors to refuse the plans one said that the benefits to the scheme have "limited positive weight"

Michelle Woodburn of Whittingham and Goosnargh Against Overdevelopment, said: "If allowed to go ahead these developments will destroy the character of our village." She added: "Preston should not be bullied by these big developers."

A spokesman backing the development said: "The application site is in a sustainable location." He urged councillors to visit the site and added: "There are no technical objections to this application from statutory consultees." He also asked them to allow "this important investment to go ahead".

Addressing Michelle's point about PCC being bullied coun Peter Moss said: "We base all our decisions on sound evidence and planning considerations."

The plans were rejected by councillors.

.The first item we’re dealing with is a scheme for 65 homes at land at Whittingham Lane, Goosnargh.

Applicant is Setantii Holdings. The Government secretary of state had issued a holding direction on these plans which meant it had been paused in case it would be called in for a decision. 

Now the plans are being revisited and officers are recommending that councillors refuse them. One officer said the scheme would be an "unplanned expansion" of the village and would mean "a loss of open countryside."

Michelle Woodburn, who has led campaign group, Whittingham and Goosnargh Against Overdevelopment, said: "We fiercely oppose overdevelopment". She also raised concerns about the increase in traffic and pollution from all the extra vehicles. 

The application has been refused

We’re into the afternoon now and officers have advised councillors to refuse the rest of the applications on today’s agenda. 

We’re expecting speakers from pretty much all the applications which are recommended for refusal as they are more controversial. There are proposals for homes in Whittingham and Goosnargh coming up and residents from those areas have long campaigned against overdevelopment of their areas. 

Time for an early lunch!

Well the morning session went faster than I expected. I'm off to grab some food and I'll be back with the latest at 1.30pm. 

This is the last item on the agenda for this morning...

Now we have plans from Story Homes to get approval to slightly relocate 195 homes at land north of Eastway in Fulwood.  

The house builders already have permission for 300 houses and if they can shuffle houses around a bit Story Homes will be able to add 29 homes to the site.  

For your context this is the same site as where the new Sue Ryder specialist neurological care home is being built. Check out the picture below: 

Coun Peter Moss said: "This is an applicant willing to listen to the concerns of residents and they have amended the layout accordingly."

Councillors give the green light to the changes. 

A decision on the former Whittingham Hospital site for 750 homes

Officers are recommending these proposals for approval with various conditions including funding for school places. 

Coun Peter Moss acknowledged that the plans departs from Preston's development plan in some ways but said: "This is a brown field site and I think it's really important that we approve this application."

The application was unanimously approved.

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