Standing firm on village estate refusal

Residents and members of Grimsargh Parish Counil including Eileen Murray (front) Chairman of the Group celebrate after the council's decision not to apporve over 140 houses on land North of The Hills on Longridge Road.'Pictured is the land which Hallam Land Management Ltd tried to build the homes which the council stopped the planning application dur to residents complaints.'Picture PAUL SIMPSON'2nd May 2012
Residents and members of Grimsargh Parish Counil including Eileen Murray (front) Chairman of the Group celebrate after the council's decision not to apporve over 140 houses on land North of The Hills on Longridge Road.'Pictured is the land which Hallam Land Management Ltd tried to build the homes which the council stopped the planning application dur to residents complaints.'Picture PAUL SIMPSON'2nd May 2012
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An application to build a housing estate on land between Grimsargh and Preston has been thrown out for the third time.

Local residents were angry that despite an application for 143 homes on land north of The Hills in Longridge Road being dismissed by Preston Council last year, and then again on appeal by the Planning Inspector, Hallam Land Management went back with an amended proposal.

They asked to build 100 homes on the 11.86 hectare land, with the north section and housing area fronting Longridge Road removed.

Planning officer Phil Cousins recommended refusal on grounds that it would have an “unacceptable detrimental impact on the area of separation and character of the area, merging the urban area of Preston with the rural village of Grimsargh.”

Ward Councillor Neil Cartwright spoke on behalf of residents.

He said: “There’s been objections from 252 residents, which is significantly more than the first application.

“I think there’s anger that the application’s been refused, it’s been to appeal and the inspector has sided on the side of the council, and for the application to keep coming back in a different way isn’t on.”

In March, Planning Inspector Isobel McCretton judged that the 143 house development would go against Area of Separation (AOS) rules.

She said: “There would be little sense for people travelling from Preston of having left the built-up area of the city.”

On the new application, planning committee member Councillor David Borrow said: “We need to stick firm on the area of separation. I’m convinced that if we approve it, in my lifetime, all of that land will be gone.”

Councillor David Hammond said: “We must not let this happen. We need that area of separation.”

The planning committee voted to refuse the latest bid.