Preston Council recommend ‘luxury’ homes plan despite concern from local residents

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Plans for a development of “luxury” homes in north west Preston look set to be given the go-ahead.

Andrew Bradshaw lodged an application to build 12 detached homes at Lightfoot Lane, Higher Bartle, following the demolition of an existing property. Now planning officers at Preston Council have recommended the plans for approval, subject to a Section 106 agreement.

A report, to be considered by councillors on Monday, said the proposed homes would be detached with four bedrooms, each two storeys high and most with integral garages and driveway parking.

Three houses would have detached double garages.

It said 34 responses had been received from local residents, with concerns raised including an increase in traffic using Lightfoot Lane, and a fear the proposed development would not be in keeping with the character of the area.

Worries were also raise that the development was out of keeping with the design principles and phasing of the North West Preston Masterplan.

But the report said: “The proposed development would deliver benefits to the city, which would include achieving high energy efficiency standards, a contribution to upgrading major highways infrastructure, and economic development and investment.

“The proposal would provide links to ensure the site would integrate comprehensively and sustainably with the North West Preston strategic location.

“The proposal complies with the relevant provisions of the adopted Central Lancashire Core Strategy, the adopted Preston Local Plan, the Publication Preston Local Plan, Central Lancashire Supplementary Planning Documents, and the National Planning Policy Framework.”