Homes plan for pub site

Vacant: The Cotty Brook pub  in Lea Road, Ashton
Vacant: The Cotty Brook pub in Lea Road, Ashton
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Seventeen affordable homes will be built on the site of a vacant pub, if plans are approved.

Melrose Construction Ltd want permission to flatten the Cotty Brook in Lea Road, Ashton, Preston, and build 11 two-bed houses, four one-bed flats and a two-bed bungalow, which would be owned and managed by New Progress Housing Association and part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency. There would be provision for 26 cars.

The 0.4 hectare pub site was recently advertised for £375,000 and sold by Chorley-based Trust Inns, which “no longer considered the property a viable option due to its secondary location and long history of poor trading.”

Lea Coun Trevor Hart said he will be making a representation over the application, after speaking to local residents.

He said: “There are two concerns with this site, the first is that 17 homes seems like overdevelopment on that plot, and the second is an infrastructure concern.

“There will be a lot of traffic congestion on Lea Road, and it will combine with all the other proposed developments in the area.

“They all seem very piecemeal.”

Melrose Construction Ltd declined to comment on the concerns, but agents MCK Partnership Ltd confirmed that a pre-application consultation was held between the developers and Preston Council.

A decision on the plans will be made by members of Preston Council’s planning committee in coming weeks.