Luxury homes plan looks set to hit wall

Land at Sandy Lane in Cottam
Land at Sandy Lane in Cottam
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Plans for three luxury housing projects in the north of Preston are set to hit a brickwall next week as councillors get tough on “piecemeal” development.

Builders wanting to erect 14 executive homes in Sandy Lane, Cottam, 13 off Lightfoot Lane in Higher Bartle and six more in Whittingham Lane, Broughton are all facing refusal when they go before the city’s planning committee. And the knock-backs will send out a strong message to would-be developers that isolated pockets of housing could struggle to get approval if they do not fit in with the new North West Preston Masterplan.

“I’m pleased the council is now looking at this type of development and saying it’s piecemeal,” said Coun Julie Buttle, a leading advocate of a measured approach for new housing provision in that corner of the city. “Now we have the Masterplan it makes sense we consider the large scale developments first with all the necessary infrastructure they will bring before we look at the smaller ones which will fill in the gaps.”

Sandy Lane and Lightfoot Lane have both been recommended for refusal by planning officers because they “represent an unacceptable piecemeal approach” which is not in keeping with the way the authority wants its Masterplan to be rolled out.

The separate Whittingham Lane scheme faces rejection because it is seen as “out of keeping” with the village. Broughton Parish Council wants a ban on new development until the their long-awaited bypass is up and running.

More than 30 letters of objection have been received by the city council. One of the complaints made by local residents claims the new homes would “significantly increase traffic and traffic pollution in Broughton, which is already worse than anywhere else in Preston.”