Hospital homes given green light

Demolition has begun on Whittingham Hospital
Demolition has begun on Whittingham Hospital
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Councillors have given the go-ahead to the building of 150 houses in a major development on former Whittingham Hospital site.

It will be the first phase of a major 650 home development planned for the land off Whittingham Lane.

The scheme was approved by eight councillors with two abstentions when it went before Preston City Council’s planning committee.

The Taylor Wimpey development will comprise 10 two-bedroomed houses, 93 three-bedroomed homes, 29 four-bedroomed properties and 18 two-bedroomed apartments.

But Coun Lona Smith claimed councillors did not have all the information to make an informed decision.

Coun Smith, who represents the ward where the development is planned, spoke on behalf of residents. She said she wanted the application deferred because of uncertainty surrounding access to the site and the future of the sports and social club which is located on the site.

She said afterwards: “I am very disappointed that the decision was taken without the committee having seen all the reports.”

The former hospital site is undergoing a phased development and it is anticipated that it will eventually be home to a community of 650 properties and also have office and light industry premises, a primary school and recreational and play facilities, including a tennis court, by 2026.

There were three letters from neighbours objecting to the first phase with concerns of increased traffic and impact on the area’s character.

It is hoped that the development will be completed in four phases over 12 years and developers will make contributions of more than £20m to the proposed Broughton bypass, affordable housing, education provision and bus services.