In four planning applications set to go before Preston City Council’s planning committee this week, 636 homes have been recommended for approval.
The first is an application for 125 homes on land to the north of Jepps Lane, back on the agenda after its deferral from November’s planning committee, and once again recommended for approval. It was initially deferred in order to give developer Story Homes time to produce a habitats regulation assessment, as recommended by Natural England.
The land, which is used for agriculture, is situated next to other domestic streets.
The amount of affordable housing is set to reach the minimum requirement of 35% but this is to be discussed at reserved matters stage. The council’s highways team has requested a financial contribution of £157,500 for slip road improvements at the M55 Junction 1.
MP Ben Wallace objected to this application. He commented: “The proposal is contrary to local planning policy as the site is not included in the Local Plan. The largescale nature of the proposed development will change the character of the village of Barton and extend the settlement boundary, and that the constituents will be sad at the loss of the greenspace.”
Barton Council also objected to the application on similar grounds, and included comments regarding the increase of traffic to the area and its impact on residents.
Locals have submitted 98 letters of objections, including to the rapid increase of housing in the area.
Support has come from the area too, with three letters received by the council. They include comments on the fact that the development will provide more family homes, that the new houses will help local businesses, and it will encourage first-time buyers who could not otherwise afford homes in the area.
PWA Planning and Woodcroft Design worked up the application and provided the scheme designs.
A reserved matters application for 250 homes on land to the north of D’Urton Lane is also recommended for approval.
The development would be spread across two parcels of land, one of which is 26 acres, and the other of which is 5.24 acres. Of the 250 homes, 75 would be affordable, which represents a 30% provision.
The developer, Laurus Homes, the private arm of Trafford Housing Trust, gained outline planning consent in December 2018.
There have been six letters of objection raised, which cite too much housebuilding in the area, and a lack of infrastructure to support the development.
Wallace once again raised issues regarding this scheme, in light of its removal of trees and hedgerows, which he requested be incorporated into the designs.
The scheme was designed by Nicol Thomas, and Willmott Dixon worked with Laurus Homes on the development.
Story Homes’ application for 195 houses on land north of Eastway is also recommended for approval this week, subject to a Section 106 agreement of funding towards a link road.
The site previously gained planning approval for 166 houses on the 18.3-acre site, but the application was resubmitted to increase the number of homes by 29. The proposed development is part of wider 64-acre plot which has planning permission for up to 300 homes.
There have been three objections raised to the scheme, which state there is already enough housing in the area; that this development would create more pollution; and that there is a lack of infrastructure to support it.
Cllr Ron Woollam also opposed the scheme as it encroaches onto the landscape buffer zone.
Woodcroft Designs is the architect.
The final scheme on the agenda is 66 houses on land to the south of Whitingham Lane in Grimsargh.
Seddon Homes gained outline approval for up to 70 homes on the site in June.
The 7.1-acre site is currently used for agricultural grazing and is defined as open countryside.
The homes will be a mix of four one-bedroom, 13 two-bedroom, 30 three-bedroom, and 10 four-bedroom houses and bungalows, with 23 of them set to be affordable.
WSP Indigo is the planner and FCPR Environment & Design is the architect.