Cottam Site Layout Barratt
The proposed housing at Cottam Hall is to the north of the Lancaster Canal

Barratt to advance 350 Preston homes

Neil Tague

The housebuilder is set to receive reserved matters approval for two developments, enabling housing in the Cottam Hall area and at the former Whittingham Hospital site.

The larger application covers 248 homes, representing phase two of housing at part of the former hospital site in Broughton. The application site is 19 acres within 120 acres coming forward, a total which excludes the Guild Park and Hermitage, which are retained by the NHS.

The psychiatric hospital, located at the south-eastern edge of Goosnargh village, closed in 1995 and Homes England acquired the site as part of its 2005 Hospital Sites Programme. All buildings have now been demolished.

Under Barratt’s scheme, access would be from Cumeragh Lane via a new access point, and from Henry Littler Way, which was built as part of phase one. Three landscaped pocket parks are proposed within the application.

Of the 248 homes proposed, 30% are to be classed as affordable. The housebuilder is advised by planning consultancy Barton Willmore.

Last October, Homes England opened bids for the next phase of development at the 120-acre Whittingham Hospital site, and said at the time it was looking to attract small-to-medium-sized firms.

Meanwhile, Barratt has also proposed building 117 homes to take up the whole of Plot 15 within the Cottam Hall strategic development area, the northern area of this site adjoining Cottam Way and the southern boundary abutting the Guild Wheel footpath and cycle way, by the Lancaster Canal.

Sixteen houses are prosed as two-bedroom; 75 as three-bedroom and 26 as four-bedroom homes. A total of 35 homes are to be classed as affordable, made up of all the two-bedroom houses and 19 three-bedroom homes.

There is an outline consent in place dating back to 2013 for the development of up to 1,100 homes in a 150-acre housing allocation in the Cottam Hall area, along with community facilities, open space and infrastructure.

An earlier Barratt development comprised 104 houses, while other housebuilders taking projects forward in the area include Story, Bloor Homes and Taylor Wimpey.

Preston Council’s planning committee, which meets on Thursday, is also recommended to approve the demolition of a former neurological rehab unit at Watling Street Road, Fulwood and its replacement by a part two nd part three storey community centre.

Cassidy + Ashton has designed the scheme for the Salaam Educational Trust.

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So little land for new homes in this country and yet the major housebuilders still insist on building sites with so much wasted space. Why the planners allow it I’ll never know…

By Anonymous

Amazingly the biodiversity crisis is seen as happening in other countries and yet it is frighteningly happening in the UK given the land and trees etc we are losing to build overspill estates. Warton in Lancashire is a prime example of eroding of bio diversity and creation of a large overspill estate and impact on the environment

By James Part

Dear Sir/ Madam, I am sending this message as an appeal to save the land designated for home builds on Valentines lane next to the Canal.
The Roman Road ran along this land where the homes are planned to be built and it an extremely important piece of land which could be saved for the benefit of the people of Cottam who have had to witness so much of their green spaces to be built on.
Please, please reconsider this building plan before it is too late.
Thankyou
Christine (Dodding)

By Christine Dodding