The developer delivering 114 homes at the former Cottam Hall Brickworks has received infrastructure planning consent, meaning work can now begin on the first phase of construction.
The approval by Preston City Council gives BXB Cottam Properties, a joint venture between Cottam Hall Properties and BXB Land Solutions, permission to access the site via Cottam Avenue. Consent is already in place for the homes.
Gary Goodman, director at BXB Cottam Properties, said: “This is a strategic step forward in the delivery of the overall project. Although it appears a small detail, the new access will open up a key section of the site for development, which is great news for Preston and the wider community, and we fully expect that new homes will be built on the site shortly.
“This approval also means that we can now turn our attention to delivering the complex, landfilled section of the site. The issues facing the project on this phase two require the assistance and cooperation of all stakeholders as the cost of developing this land are significant due to its historic landfill activities. However, we fully recognise that there is strong community desire to see much needed retail and leisure facilities brought forward at this location and we hope to deliver these facilities shortly.
“We are now moving forward with further investigation and design works to determine the overall viability of this phase of the site.”
The infrastructure planning application was prepared by Curtins and Nexus, and the site is being actively marketed for sale by CBRE Manchester.
Cottam Hall Brickworks is situated two miles outside of Preston city centre and close to the Lancaster Canal.