Preston tram plan recommended to be thrown out - again

VISION: How a tram stop on Deepdale Street, Preston, could look
VISION: How a tram stop on Deepdale Street, Preston, could look
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  • First phase of tram plan could be refused
  • Council officers say development would result in ‘significant increase’ in noise
  • Plan has been before council committee four times in recent months
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Councillors will be advised to throw out a plan for the first phase of a project to build a tram line in Preston - again.

The plans will go before the city council’s planning committee on Monday, for the fourth time in recent months.

Insufficient information has been submitted to demonstrate that the proposal would not have an unacceptable adverse impact upon the strategic and local highway network and upon the safety of pedestrians and passengers.

The last time the proposal went before the committee in January it was deferred to allow for more assessments to be carried out.

Trampower Ltd wants to reopen a former railway line in the Deepdale area of the city.

The firm wants to reopen a stretch of the former railway line between the coal yard off Deepdale Street and the rear of St Chads Road.

The plans also include putting up masts and overhead cables, the construction of station platform building, a tram shed/storage building and 2.4m high fencing and gates.

But a report due before the committee once again says the plans should be refused.

Officers say the principle of the proposed tramway would not conflict with the land-use policies for the site within the adopted Preston Local Plan.

However the report states: “Insufficient information has been submitted to demonstrate that the proposal would not have an unacceptable adverse impact upon the strategic and local highway network and upon the safety of pedestrians and passengers. “The proposed development would result in a significant increase in the noise experienced by those living in the area over and above World Health Organisation Standards, which would create unacceptable adverse impacts upon the amenities of neighbouring residential, community and commercial properties.”

A business plan submitted in 2012 states the tram line would cost £23m to build and there would be 15 stops along the route. It would be 6.5km and the peak service would see one tram every six minutes and they would run from the city centre to the park and ride at Bluebell Way in Fulwood.

Lewis Lesley, of Trampower Ltd, said: “They are raising new issues, if we don’t know in advance what the issues are we can’t plan for them. We have done three traffic studies and noise reports and ecologist studies. I don’t know what the officers are playing at. It satisfies the local plan and national policies.”