Housing is ‘unsustainable without infrastructure’

Plan: Developers want to build homes at the old Ridings depot and inset Ken Hudson
Plan: Developers want to build homes at the old Ridings depot and inset Ken Hudson
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Residents turned out in force for a public inquiry into plans for hundreds of new homes in Longridge.

Cheshire-based Fox Land and Property wants to create 200 houses offices, fitness and swimming pool development and public open space on land north and south of Whittingham Road, Longridge.

Fox is appealing against Preston Council’s failure to make a decision on plans for the mixed use development for the land, which includes the former Ridings depot. Preston Council will not be offering objections at the inquiry.

Among those asking government planning inspector John Chase to dismiss the appeal at Preston town hall were Wyre MP Ben Wallace, residents and parish councillors, together with Preston Rural North ward councillors Lona Smith and Ken Hudson.

After highlighting Fox had already lost an appeal for a similar development on the land, mainly due to the congestion at Broughton crossroads, Mr Chase said the main issue of the current appeal would be whether “changes of circumstances would lead to a different conclusion”.

Coun Smith pointed out Preston Council had originally objected to the plans on the grounds of highway issues and the area of separation, adding Longridge and the surrounding area was being besieged by developers and the infrastructure would be unable to cope. She said: “I accept Longridge has been identified as a key service centre, but as local councillors and residents, we know that in reality the housing numbers now proposed by Ribble Valley and Preston would make this unsustainable. The infrastructure is not in place and could even necessitate a bypasss for Longridge, never mind Broughton.”

The inquiry continues today.

The enquiry c th the others in the pipeline would be horrendous for both Longridge and Whittingham.”