More homes planned for rural housing development

Coun Julie Buttle
Coun Julie Buttle
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A housing estate in rural Preston could see more homes added to its total.

David Wilson Homes applied to add two homes to their development on land south of Whittingham Road in Whittingham.

The plans are to substitute house types and alter the layout and, if allowed, would bring the total to 79 new homes on the site.

However residents, who opposed the initial plans for the site, have raised concerns about sewer capacity, and an increase in three-bedroomed houses with a reduction in two-bedroomed homes.

Julie Buttle, clerk to Whittingham Parish Council, said: “In the north west of the site, that backs onto the existing houses, they are trying to make those affordable homes whereas in the original application they were in the middle of the estate. The whole point of the core strategy was the affordable homes would be mixed in with the estate, not on an isolated plot, but where they want to put them now isn’t blending them in with the others.”

The application is minded to approve, subject to a section 06 agreement, and will be discussed by Preston Council’s planning committee.

A report to councillors said: “An objection to the application has been received from Whittingham Parish Council and the issues raised have been taken into consideration. The objection and issues raised do not warrant the refusal of the application.”