Social housing plans for ex-sheltered site

Vision: An artist's impression of the planned houses for land off Peel Hall Street, Deepdale
Vision: An artist's impression of the planned houses for land off Peel Hall Street, Deepdale
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A former sheltered accommodation site could get a new lease of life as a social housing development in Preston.

The Community Gateway Association (CGA) wants to build a dozen new homes for tenants on land between Peel Hall Street and Golbourne Street, Deepdale.

The 0.6 acre spot was formerly occupied by Deepdale House, a sheltered accommodation block for elderly residents managed by Gateway, which has since been demolished.

The site was earmarked for redevelopment three years ago as part of Gateway’s plans to create 200 new homes in smaller sized developments in the city.

The scheme would provide eight new two-bedroom houses and four three-bed properties for the social rented sector.

Architects Croft Goode have prepared a planning application on behalf of the CGA.

A planning statement for the project says it would create a “gateway” with “high-quality and attractive” housing visible from nearby Deepdale Road.

It says: “The scheme will feature ‘gateway properties’ either side of the access road which are two storey mews houses, designed to communicate the development with Deepdale Road.

“The other buildings are two storeys, again to keep in line with the surrounding area.”

The development would be accessed from Peel Hall Street via a new access road, with off-street parking for residents and a turning circle provided to limit the impact on the already busy area.

Three consultations have been held with the public since the site was earmarked in 2010.

A Gateway spokesman said: “CGA have completed (projects) in Fishwick, Adelphi and Larches in Preston.

“This project will bring much needed affordable family housing to the city.”

Preston Council’s planning committee is expected to vote on the development plans later this year.

Fellow social housing landlord the Symphony Housing Group announced plans for another social rented development near Preston docks earlier this year.

Developers Mulbury Homes and Contour Homes lodged the plans for 48 houses and 16 apartments on vacant land off Lockside Road.