Ribbleton Hospital
The former hospital on the site has been demolished

Ribbleton Hospital site to be redeveloped

Homes England’s proposals for nearly 140 houses on the former mental hospital are set to secure backing from Preston Council.

Supported by BDP, Homes England has put forward an outline application for the site featuring up to 139 houses.

The nine-acre plot was previously home to the mental hospital, which was demolished last year, and also borders the Preston Cemetary to the west and residential properties to the north. The land was bought by Homes England from the Lancashire Care Foundation Trust for £3.2m in 2017.

A layout put forward by Homes England features a mix of property types, including detached, semi-detached, and terraces, with 30% of the homes designated as affordable. Access is proposed via Miller Road and Sandycroft.

There is a mix of two, three, and four-bed houses, with one and two-bed apartmens proposed in a block to the South East corner of the site.

A public consultation was held on the plans in November last year, with only six formal objections put forward by members of the public.

Recommending the plans for approval when Preston’s planning committee meets on Thursday 7 February, planning officers said the scheme would “result in the re-use of brownfield land in a sustainable location with good public transport links to the city centre”.

A Section 106 agreement for a 30% provision of affordable housing is included in the recommendation to approve. The professional team also includes Curtins and The Environment Partnership.

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