‘Brilliant’ plans lodged for estate of affordable homes in Preston

Vision: How the homes in the third phase of housing off New Hall Lane could look
Vision: How the homes in the third phase of housing off New Hall Lane could look
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An estate of affordable homes could be built in Preston if plans are given the green light.

An application has been lodged for a third phase of housing on a site off New Hall Lane, with Mulbury Homes hoping to build 68 affordable homes on the site of the Alliance Mill in Brindle Street.

Developers want to build 38 two-bedroomed and 18 three-bedroomed semi-detached houses, and 12 two-bedroomed apartments.

Community leaders have described the plans as “brilliant”.

Mulbury Homes is already building 51 homes on the former India Mill site, and is set to build a 70 home “extra care” scheme on the adjacent Manchester Mill site.

Coun Veronica Afrin, who represents St Matthew’s ward on Preston Council, said: “We’ve got a desperate housing need in Preston and this is a brilliant thing that we’ve got so many affordable houses on one site. It’s just fantastic.”

She said she hoped planning permission would be granted and developers could soon “get on with it”.

The homes in the latest £8m phase of the scheme will be owned and managed by Adactus Housing Association, which has secured grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for the development.

Greg Mulligan, a director of Mulbury Homes, said: “We have invested significantly in the three sites at New Hall Lane and once complete they will have given a sizable boost to the provision of affordable housing for families and older people in Preston. As well as regenerating this area with new energy-efficient homes, the construction programme will also create a number of apprenticeship opportunities.”

Preston-based planning consultancy PWA Planning has advised Mulbury Homes on the planning application, which is due to go before Preston Council’s planning committee in September. If approved, building work would start in 2016. Architecture practice Eden Building Design has designed the new homes.