Council makes U-turn over traffic flow

Opposition: Julie Buttle objected to the plan
Opposition: Julie Buttle objected to the plan
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Residents were left stunned after councillors agreed to alter planning conditions attached to a new housing development – just weeks after turning them down.

CEG Land Promotions Ltd had applied to change conditions attached to approved plans for up to 350 homes to the north of Hoyles Lane, Cottam, Preston, and to the east of Sidgreaves Lane.

The company wanted to allow the first phases of development to access the site from Hoyles Lane, rather than Sidgreaves Lane.

Preston Council’s planning committee originally turned the move down – and the applicants are set to appeal at a hearing in December.

But the matter was referred back to the planning committee yesterday after the applicants’ representatives raised concerns about the vote. The committee was also told that interruptions and noise at the last hearing may have led to a “lack of clarity” for those observing the proceedings.

Officers recommended the alterations be approved.

Around 40 members of the public attended the new hearing.

They argued that removing the conditions would mean a dangerous traffic flow.

Lea and Cottam Parish Councillor John Coward said the reasons for turning down the change of planning conditions on the grounds of traffic safety were still as valid now as they were in August.

He said: “There are no sufficient reasons for lifting the conditions – the original reasons still stand.”

Woodplumpton Parish council clerk Julie Buttle said that to allow all traffic to use Hoyles Lane was “utter madness”.

She said: “Members voted against the officers’ recommendations last time. Nothing has changed.”

But members voted 9 - 3 to to approve the changes.