Roads needed for home plan

Development: Plans for the Cottam Brickworks development in Preston
Development: Plans for the Cottam Brickworks development in Preston
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A new bypass and train lines need to be built before a major new housing scheme goes ahead, campaigners have today claimed.

The Liberal Democrat group at Lancashire County Council has claimed plans to build 3,800 homes across Cottam and the ‘M55 Corridor’ should not go ahead until it has an array of new infrastructure.

Lancashire County Councillors Bill Winlow and Mark Jewell have called for a ‘Western Bypass’ to be built as well as a railway station for Cottam and Ingol and an extra junction on the M55.

County Councillor Bill Winlow, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: “Plans for such improvements need to be in place before any housing developments are granted planning permission.”

The infrastructure projects were flagged up as part of the Preston Local Development Framework Sites for Preston: Preferred Options consultation.

Liberal Democrat County Coun Mark Jewell, said: “Up front funding of the bypass will be an issue and as such, Lancashire County Council needs to specify how and when it will increase road capacity to support these developments from the start to their completion.”

Preston Coun Christine Abram, who represents Lea, said more facilities are needed on the western side of Preston.

She said: “In Preston we need to have better infrastructure and better transport.

“We have the Orbital bus which goes past every now and again and would the schools be able to cope with extra homes?

“We have no facilities from Preston out to Lea and there is no medical centre up at our end.

“If there are more houses built we will need more facilities but I cannot see a new railway service happening.”

Lancashire County Coun Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “It (traffic issues) is something we are looking at.

“We are conscious there is an issue there and I think we may be able to announce something in the autumn.

“We are still working on it now and I have tasked my officers to come up with something realistic and achievable for that area.”

Last month the Evening Post reported a new village of up to 2,500 homes will spring up across the north of Preston in the next 15 years.

Preston Council revealed it has pinpointed farmland across the north west of the city, including Higher Bartle and a 140-acre spot overlooking a motorway junction.

It also identified sites across Preston where it will allow house builders to construct nearly 8,500 homes.

These include the site of textiles manufacturer Tetrad in Ribbleton, the council’s former works department at Argyll Road, Deepdale, and land at Truro Place, Ribbleton.

House-builders Taylor Wimpey and Redrow Homes are pressing ahead with plans for the area, with north west-based developer Wainhomes also understood to be eyeing the north west Preston site.