Details approved for controversial Preston housing estate

Coun Brian Rollo
Coun Brian Rollo
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Detailed plans for a controversial estate in rural Preston have been given the green light.

An application by Wainhomes for up to 70 homes on land off Ribblesdale Drive, in Grimsargh, had been thrown out by councillors last year, but was later allowed on appeal.

Now the details for 64 homes, with garages, roads and open space, have been approved by Preston Council’s planning committee.

The plans were a re-submission of a similar application refused last year, but with an increased number of semi-detached homes.

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the latest plans, but concerns were raised about the distribution of affordable homes.

Committee chairman Brian Rollo said: “I’m unhappy that we’ve got an extra six semi-detached market housing spread across the site.

“I’m still a bit unhappy that we’ve got all the social housing in two blocks of flats stuck at the end of the site, but there is a call for blocks of flats and social housing.”

The 64 homes are to consist of 36 detached houses, 16 semi-detached houses and 12 apartments. The application was also for infrastructure and a play area.

The plans had been recommended for approval by officers, and a report to councillors said: “The details of the scale, layout, appearance and landscaping of the proposed development are acceptable and satisfactorily integrate the residential development into the existing village and its open countryside surroundings.

“The type, design and integration of affordable housing is also appropriate.”