Plans for a children’s nursery on the edge of the Preston countryside look set to be halted.
Proposals have been submitted for state-of-the-art childcare facilities on land off Lightfoot Lane in Fulwood.
A need for the proposed use has not been demonstrated and development of the site for the use specified would serve to undermine the basic principles of the North West Preston Masterplan
But planning chiefs at Preston Council have recommended that the application be thrown out, fearing it fails to fit in with the vision for the area.
Architects Bramley & Pate have submitted plans to tear down existing outbuildings and build a day nursery for 120 children, brought forward in two phases. A new access would be built on Lightfoot Lane to serve the initial development of a 44-place nursery.
The second phase, to extend the nursery to 120 places, is proposed to be brought forward when a new access can be achieved from the East West Link Road.
Planning officers, in a report to Preston Council’s planning committee, said the proposed developments would deliver benefits through a new community facility.
But the report said: “A need for the proposed use has not been demonstrated and development of the site for the use specified would serve to undermine the basic principles of the North West Preston Masterplan.” It said the design was “out of character” with the existing area.