Public inquiry ends into 200 homes plan

Proposals: The former Ridings Depot, Longridge
Proposals: The former Ridings Depot, Longridge
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A public inquiry into plans for hundreds of new homes in Longridge has ended.

Cheshire-based Fox Land and Property wants to create 200 homes, offices, a fitness facility and swimming pool as well as public open space on land north and south of Whittingham Road.

A decision from the planning inspectorate is now expected within about six to eight weeks.

Fox was appealing against Preston Council’s failure to make a decision on plans for the mixed use development for the land, which includes the former Ridings depot.

The council did not offer any objections at the inquiry.

Coun Ken Hudson of Preston Rural North was among those asking the government planning inspector to dismiss the appeal at Preston town hall.

Speaking after the inquiry, Coun Hudson said the inspector had listened to all the points raised by the interested parties in terms of highways and the area of separation.

He said: “Whatever happens, this is a drop in the ocean by comparison to the north west Preston scene, but when you add it to the congestion that will be caused with the developments at Whittingham and Broughton it is just going to be horrendous.

“I think the biggest concern with this development is that it is going to break the policy on areas of separation.”

The inspector yesterday went on a site visit, which included the site of the former Ridings depot as well as the Broughton roundabout area.

He will now consider his decision, which is expected within the next six to eight weeks.