Story Homes has started a consultation on a site in Grimsargh that was previously threatened with a High Court battle between Preston City Council and the Government.
The housebuilder is proposing 144 properties at the site off Preston Road in the village near the M6, including a mix of one, two, three, four, and five-beds homes and apartments.
Outline planning permission was granted for up to 150 properties in May 2016 following a long planning battle, which saw Preston City Council attempt to challenge the scheme in the High Court.
Gladman Developments first submitted an application for the site in 2014, but this was refused due to the project’s location and its impact on the surrounding rural area.
However, following an appeal, this application was granted in May 2016. The same month, Preston City Council vowed to challenge the Secretary of State’s decision to grant the scheme in the High Court. Despite this, a legal challenge never materialised after the site was allocated for housing under a new Local Plan for the area.
Story Homes is now looking to submit a detailed application to Preston City Council in the autumn, and is seeking residents’ views in a consultation that will run until 19 September. The consultation documents can be accessed here.
As part of the development, Story Homes will contribute around £290,000 towards education and travel plans as well as an onsite play area as part of its Section 106 agreement. The development will also generate a Community Infrastructure Levy payment of circa £970,000.
Story Homes’ senior development planner, Siobhan Sweeney, said: “The consultation is an opportunity for the residents of Grimsargh to comment and provide feedback on our plans. The site has been granted outline planning for up to 150 homes and we hope to deliver the best possible development here.
“We believe that our product is appropriate for this site due to the high quality of our houses and also our dedication to building developments which complement the local area, through thoughtful planning and design.”