Rural housing estate plan rejected

Coun Brian Rollo
Coun Brian Rollo
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Controversial plans to build a housing estate on land in rural Preston have been unanimously thrown out.

Wainhomes North West Ltd submitted an outline application for up to 45 homes in countryside off Garstang Road in Barton.

Officers at Preston Council recommended the plans for refusal, saying they would lead to an “unplanned and inappropriate expansion of a rural village”.

Councillors agreed with officers, voting to reject the application.

Chairman of the planning committee, Coun Brian Rollo, said the plans were contrary to policy and was out of character with the rural village.

He said: “This is not of benefit to Barton village at all.

“It’s outside the boundary and I see no real justification for building this on this particular site. The highways issues we’ve got are not particularly good. Adding more housing to the north of the area will not improve things at all, in fact it’s likely to make it worse.

“I can’t see any reason to support this - it’s outside policy, it’s out of character with Barton.”

Coun Tom Davies said there had been accidents on the A6, and said: “It is a very dangerous road to have a big site coming straight out onto and I don’t think we should pass it.”

Phil Cousins, principal planning officer, told the committee meeting the proposed development was “outside the settlement boundary”, adding: “It would represent an inappropriate and disproportionate expansion of the village.”