Fears raised as Lancashire homes plan lodged

LAND SHORTAGE: The site of the proposed development at Barton
LAND SHORTAGE: The site of the proposed development at Barton
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A development of dozens of homes could be built in the Lancashire countryside if plans are given the green light.

Wainhomes North West Ltd has applied to build up to 72 houses on land at Garstang Road in Barton near Preston.

But neighbours say the houses would cause “over-development” in the area, with facilities unable to cope with the extra demand.

Wainhomes has applied to Preston Council for outline planning permission to develop about 7.6 acres of land, with new access from Garstang Road, an internal access road, open space and landscaping.

A planning statement, submitted by agents Sedgwick Associates, said the local planning authority had a “shortage of deliverable housing land”.

It said the proposed site was greenfield land, allocated as open countryside within the local plan, but was “well contained and well connected with existing residential development”.

The statement said the loss of open countryside land “does not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the numerous benefits of the proposed development”.

But Coun Stephen Thompson, who represents Preston Rural North, said: “We do have a five year supply of housing, the area is not marked for development in the local plan, so I will certainly be objecting to it.

“It is over-development of Barton. I don’t think there are enough facilities within the village to cope with 72 houses.

“The traffic getting out of Station Lane onto the A6 is difficult enough as it is.

“I don’t think there are any grounds for them to get a planning application through at the moment.”