Houses planned for Bilsborrow look set to be blocked

New plans for 105 homes in Bilsborrow are tipped to be refused by planners at Preston City Council (PCC).

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 11:45 am

An officer’s report from the city authority says the homes proposed for land off Garstang Road would not be in one of the council’s key strategic locations.

The document states: “The proposed development would be contrary to the hierarchy of locations for focussing growth and investment at urban, brownfield and allocated sites, within key service centres and other defined places.”

Highways at Lancashire County Council and Barton Parish Council have also lodged their opposition to the application for the housing development from Seddon Homes.

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Houses planned for Bilsborrow look set to be blocked

According to plans from the builder, access to the site for cars would be taken from a new access point to be created directly off the A6,

But the objection from County Highways states: “The development as submitted cannot be supported. The applicant has not demonstrated a safe and suitable access to the site can be achieved for all people.

“Nor has the developer provided adequate technical basis to show that the cumulative development proposals will not result in severe impacts on the A6 corridor.”

In a response from Barton Parish Council, they warned that housing numbers in the village will have increased by 200 per cent if all proposed and approved developments are built.

Listing reasons against the plans the authority argued that it is an “unsustainable location”, “the level of house building in this area is unprecedented and not required” and “the application includes provision of no new services – only housing”.

Nine objections from residents were also sent to PCC.