Controversial estate plans for land in village

Objections: Coun Stephen Thompson
Objections: Coun Stephen Thompson
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Controversial plans have been lodged to build an estate of up to 45 homes on land in rural Preston.

Wainhomes North West has submitted the plans with Preston Council, to build the properties on a greenfield site off Garstang Road in Barton.

Developers say the proposals would create jobs, and the homes would be “sympathetic to the character of the area”.

But objectors claim the scheme is “totally inappropriate” for the site, which they say is not sustainable, and have raised fears over traffic.

Coun Stephen Thompson, who represents Preston Rural North, said: “It’s not in the local plan, it’s in open countryside. I’ll be definitely objecting to it. I don’t think anyone has any objections to small infill developments in villages, but this is just an estate being plonked in Barton. It’s not appropriate.”

A planning statement submitted by agents Sedgwick Associates said: “The loss of well contained open countryside land does not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the numerous benefits of the proposed development.”

It said the scheme would not cause severe impacts on the highway network, and said the site was within easy walking distance of local services and facilities. It also said the proposals would result in up to 15 “affordable” homes.

A design and access statement added that the proposals would meet a “high standard of design”, and the amount of development would ensure “efficient and effective” use of the site.