‘Grand Designs’ style mansion to be approved

CGI images for Langley Road Property in Broughton
CGI images for Langley Road Property in Broughton
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Plans for a giant “country mansion” on the edge of Preston look set to be given the go-ahead.

Members of the Bux family applied to build the spectacular property at a rural site in Goosnargh, including a swimming pool, cinema room, and even staff quarters.

Now the grand designs have been recommended for approval by planning bosses, despite dozens of objections from neighbours.

A report to Preston Council’s planning committee said the proposal was for a single large home on four floors with terraces and adjoining staff quarters.

It would have a garage court, a “long meandering driveway” from an improved access on Langley Lane, and a wall kitchen garden.

Plans also include outbuildings and “solar array”, and the home would be set within a “modern landscape design” with lakes and pools.

The proposals were lodged by Mr Bux, who owns the Voi Jeans clothing brand, and the report said: “The proposed dwelling would create a country mansion in modern day terms for a local businessman who wishes to apply creative innovative architecture and landscape design to form a contemporary country house for his family and their future generations.”

However, dozens of objections have been raised, including “strong concerns” from the Campaign to Protect Rural England, which fears the building is “not sufficiently sympathetically designed to fit into the natural built and historic environment of Goosnargh.”

Other objections were raised from Barton Parish Council and Whittingham Parish Council, relating to the loss of greenfield land.

A total of 28 letters of objection from neighbours were received, including a letter forwarded by Ben Wallace MP.

A decision on the plans would normally be made under the council’s delegated scheme, but will be discussed by councillors after they were called in by Coun Lona Smith, who raised concerns about its “impact on the rural character of the area”.

The plans are recommended for approval, with conditions.