Homes plans thrown out in rural Preston

The area off Pudding Pie Nook Lane which has had plans submitted for 26 houses
The area off Pudding Pie Nook Lane which has had plans submitted for 26 houses
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A housing development of up to 26 homes in rural Preston has been blocked.

Plans had been lodged to build the homes off Pudding Pie Nook Lane in Goosnargh, and officers had recommended them for approval.

But councillors went against officers’ advice, throwing out the plans over fears of sustainability and its location.

Applicant Falagoza SA had submitted the plans which include bungalows, semi-detached and detached houses, on the site made up of brownfield land, a disused car park and overgrown shrubs.

The meeting was told, on behalf of the applicant, that the development would make “efficient use of the land”, would add to the housing supply and would deliver nine affordable homes.

A report to councillors said: “The development would partly be located on brownfield land and would not have any unacceptable adverse impacts upon the area of separation, the amenities of neighbouring residents and drainage, and would not have a severe impact upon highway safety.”

But Julie Buttle, clerk to Whittingham Parish Council, raised concerns including the visibility at the junction with Whittingham Lane and said: “Pudding Pie Nook Lane is not a road, it’s a public right of way.

“There are no nearby services such shops, schools and health care, residents will be dependent on the car.”

Committee chairman Coun Brian Rollo said: “I’ve got doubts about the positioning of it. My main problem with it is sustainability. The only way to get to anywhere would be by car.”

The plans were refused nine votes to three, because of sustainability and the impact on the area of separation.