Green light set for affordable homes project

Street view of the proposed third phase of development off New Hall Lane
Street view of the proposed third phase of development off New Hall Lane
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An estate of affordable homes, described as “fantastic” by community leaders, looks set to be given the go-ahead.

Plans have been lodged for the third phase of a development off New Hall Lane in Preston, to build 68 homes.

Mulbury Homes have applied to Preston Council for permission for 38 two-bedroomed houses, 18 three-bedroomed houses and 12 two-bedroomed apartments on land north of Brindle Street and Plevna Road, and officers have recommended the plans for approval.

The site is made up of the Alliance Works mill buildings, which would be demolished following the relocation of Somic Textiles. Mulbury Homes is building 51 homes on the former India Mill site, and is set to build a 70 home “extra care” scheme on the adjacent Manchester Mill site.

Coun Veronica Afrin said the scheme was “fantastic” and said: “It’s a well-planned site and it’s something we desperately need.

“The standard of housing in that area is probably the lowest in the city and we need to get people out of some of those very old houses if possible.”

A report to next week’s planning committee said: “The proposed development would bring new affordable housing onto an under-used and part vacant brownfield site and would help the relocation of the existing business and thereby protect the future of the business and the jobs of its employees.” It said there were “issues regarding viability”, and said the development did not comply with the development plan. But it said: “The provision of 68 affordable homes and the redevelopment of a partly vacant site are considered to outweigh this non-compliance.”