Campaign to protect Guild Wheel from housing plan

Fight: Campaigners say plans to build 118 homes will cause chaos
Fight: Campaigners say plans to build 118 homes will cause chaos
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A campaign has been launched against plans for a housing estate in rural Preston.

Families fear a section of the Guild Wheel on D’Urton Lane will become an “accident waiting to happen”, if permission is granted for 118 homes.

Now a Facebook page has been created against the plans, submitted by Charles Church on behalf of local resident Andrew Forrest, and a petition is to be set up in the hopes of collecting 100,000 signatures.

Mum-of-three Nicola Goodwill, who is leading the campaign, described the Guild Wheel as “one of the best things that has happened to Preston for many years”, but said the section on D’Urton Lane was already dangerous because of the number of cars.

She said: “I understand the development will happen at some stage, but they have to use a better access and they have to have the infrastructure to cope with it.”

Andy Pepper, planning and strategic manager for Charles Church Lancashire, said: “With regards to the access to our proposed development, this is being considered as part of our ongoing planning application in consultation with both Preston Council and Lancashire County Council. Earlier discussions in respect of the access have been positive.

“With regards to concerns about an increase in traffic along D’urton Lane, as part of our proposals we will, in close collaboration with Lancashire County Council, be introducing a series of traffic calming measures which will both improve pedestrian and cycle safety and make D’urton Lane less attractive to motorists as a potential ‘rat run’.

“We understand that D’urton Lane will eventually be closed as a through route to vehicular traffic, the timing of which will ultimately be decided by the county council.”