Affordable homes on mill site given the green light

How the proposed homes off New Hall Lane will look
How the proposed homes off New Hall Lane will look
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A development of 51 affordable homes is due to be built on the site of a former Preston mill.

Planning bosses gave the green light to proposals for the houses to the north of New Hall Lane, in the St Matthews area of the city.

And work is now hoped to begin on the site this month, ahead of completion by the end of next year.

Mulbury Homes and Adactus Housing applied to build the homes with roads and landscaping. The development of two, three and four-bedroomed houses is phase one of a proposed three-phase scheme, which would also include a multi storey apartment and more houses on the Somic factory site, subject to approval.

Coun Javed Iqbal said: “I hope it’s going to be the start of development on the whole site.”

Coun Carl Crompton raised concerns about a lack of bungalows on the site and said: “I would like to see us start to look at future-proofing something for the elderly so they can still live in the community.

“In this development, in the second phase there is a 50-bedroom apartment block for residential care facilities. Why do they always think the elderly have to be shoved in a big box somewhere to be looked after? The elderly do have minds of their own and they do have lives of their own.”

The development includes a brownfield industrial site formerly occupied by Tetrad, and it was proposed that Mulbury would build the homes and then transfer them to affordable housing provider Adactus, who have funding from the Homes and Communities Agency for the development.

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the development, subject to a section 106 agreement.