Preston homes plan approved

The fields to the north of Our Lady and St Edward's School in Fulwood where 22 homes are planned
The fields to the north of Our Lady and St Edward's School in Fulwood where 22 homes are planned
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An estate of 22 houses is set to be built behind a Preston school after detailed plans were approved.

Permission had been granted on appeal in 2013 for 22 homes on land behind Our Lady and St Edward’s RC Primary School in Fulwood.

Now plans submitted by Hollins Homes, giving the details of the development, have been approved, with work due to begin “as soon as possible”.

The site is to be made up of three two-bedroomed terraced properties, four three-bedroomed semi-detached homes, five three-bedroomed detached houses, six four-bedroomed detached houses and four five-bedroomed detached houses.

Agent James Berggren, of Sedgwick Associates, told a planning committee meeting: “We have worked closely with planners on the proposals, amending the scheme during the application process to respond positively to any concerns.

“The scheme can be recommended for approval and is one that Hollins wants to start building as soon as possible.”

Concerns were raised about construction traffic using the “extremely busy” roundabout at peak times of the day, and the meeting was told by planning officers that County Highways would be looking at construction routes.

“The plans had been recommended for approval by officers. A report to councillors said: “The proposal provides an appropriate scale, layout and design of development with appropriate landscaping and parking that integrates into its surroundings.

“The objections received have been taken into account but either relate to matters considered as part of the outline application or are not sufficient to warrant refusal of this application.

“The proposal complies 
with the relevant policies and there are no material considerations which outweigh this finding.”

Committee chairman Brian Rollo said: “This seems a fairly straightforward application, I can’t see any problem with it.”

The plans were approved by 11 votes to three.