Housing plan to be approved

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a development of up to 190 homes on the edge of Longridge, are set to be approved - despite scores of objections.

Gladman Developments Ltd lodged an application to build homes between Inglewhite Road and Halfpenny Lane earlier this year.

The proposals are set to be go before Preston Council’s planning committee next Monday where council officers recommend they be approved, subject to a section 106 agreement.

The recommendation comes despite almost 30 objections from members of the public.

The objections include claiming the use of land is ‘inefficient’, there will be loss of privacy, concerns over draining and flooding, traffic problems, and claims the plans show a “lack of respect for the local rural character.”

Coun Lona Smith has lodged an objection on the grounds that the site is unsustainable and infrastructure is not in place and has raised concerns about the “cumulative effect” with other planned developments in the area.

In a report due before the council planning officers said although development of the application site which lies within the area of separation is not in accordance with core strategy policy 19 “greater weight has to be given to compliance with the Framework, particularly as Preston does not have a five year supply of deliverable housing land.”