Plans for first 205 homes looks set for approval

HOUSING ESTATE: The site of the new development at Hoyles Lane, Cottam
HOUSING ESTATE: The site of the new development at Hoyles Lane, Cottam
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Detailed plans for a housing estate in the north of Preston look set to be given the nod, despite fears from neighbours about the development.

An outline application for the Haydock Grange development of 450 homes was approved in 2012, and now Taylor Wimpey have submitted detailed proposals for the first 205 homes.

The appearance, layout, scale and landscaping are now recommended for approval, but residents are still concerned about the infrastructure of the area.

The application for the site at Hoyles Lane in Cottam is due to be decided at Preston Council’s planning committee meeting later this month.

Proposals include a mix of house types, including detached, semi-detached terraced homes and apartments, ranging from two to five-bedroomed homes.

A report to councillors said the layout of the proposed scheme had been designed to retain existing natural features such as trees, hedgerows and ponds.

The report said: “The 
proposal provides an appropriate scale, layout and design 
of development with appropriate landscaping and parking that integrates into its 

“As such, the proposal complies with the relevant provisions of the development plan and there are no material considerations which outweigh this finding.”

However, 13 representations were received from local residents, with concerns including traffic and access concerns.

Other points raised included that no construction should start until all companies had agreed a “co-ordinated way forward”, and brownfield sites should be developed and exhausted before greenfield sites.

Clerk to Woodplumpton Parish Council Julie Buttle said: “Residents and the parish council have to accept that these things are going to go on.

“It’s more about looking at the detail of what would make that application more acceptable to existing residents and also new residents.

“The parish council has 
said we are not going to 
oppose it because it is going to go ahead.

“But we are not going to support it while we still feel we need to know how this application is going to connect to adjoining applications in terms of infrastructure.”