Bhailok Court CGI Dec 2019

PLANNING | More than 800 Preston homes consented

A 15-storey city centre block totalling 176 apartments and residential sites across the borough due to deliver 636 homes have all been granted planning permission in Preston City Council’s final planning committee of the year.

Heaton Group’s proposed Bhailok Court development at Pole Street would be made up of 109 one-bedroom apartments and 67 two-bedroom apartments, with 52 affordable flats. The scheme would be stepped from six storeys to its full height of 15 storeys. The architect is StudioKMA.

The scheme was approved by Preston’s committee, although there were comments regarding the lack of affordable homes included in the project.

The site was previously occupied by a job centre, which Heaton had demolished before planning permission was granted, which led to a representative of the developer having to “apologise unreservedly” to the planning committee.

The committee also saw two developments by Story Homes approved.

The first, for 125 homes on Jepps Lane, was granted consent despite 98 letters of objection, including from MP Ben Wallace who said use of the site was “contrary to local planning policy”.

PWA Planning and Woodcroft Design worked up the application and provided the scheme designs.

Story had also resubmitted an application for a residential site on land north of Eastway, increasing proposals to 195 homes from the 166 which had been planned for the 18.3-acre site.

The development is part of wider 64-acre plot which has planning permission for up to 300 homes.

Woodcroft Designs is the architect.

Barton Housing May 2019

The site off Jepps Lane, to the east of existing homes

Two applications which had outline consent also returned to committee for detailed sign-off.

Laurus, the private arm of Trafford Housing Trust, gained reserved matters consent for 250 homes on D’Urton Lane, a scheme designed by Nicol Thomas.

Detailed consent was also given to Seddon Homes for 66 homes on a 7.1-acre site at Whittingham Lane in Grimsargh.

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.

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Because Preston really needs that many more houses…..not!

By Caledonian89

There aren’t enough roads, schools ,doctors, dentists , hospitals etc to cope with more housing, I live in Fulwood near east way, the traffic is horrendous.

By Pamela Standing

Preston and Lancashire Council have lost the plot we are running out of country side we haven’t the roads capable of carrying the extra traffic or the capability to plan a new road system that works.

By John Leeming

@John Leeming – if you think we’re running out of countryside then it’s not the Council who have lost the plot. Only around 8% of land in England is built on. Furthermore, the majority of these 800 houses are being built on previously developed sites and include a number of tower developments which have minimal footprints.


Hi en that Preston is gridlocked daily morning and night and failure of LCC to accept the daily misery of local people putting yet more cars on local roads is shortsighted and long term deter business and visitors from coming to Preston

By James Parr

I think it’s a great idea to build the 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, I just hope there affordable & not hundreds of thousands of pounds. I, like over 50% of the population lost my home of nearly 20 years in a divorce, now, nearly in my 50’s, no chance of owning my own home, getting a mortgage, would love to have one of these apartments, if affordable. Sadly there are millions of people only able to afford 1 room, in a shared house, it’s really not a good way to live, but that’s divorce for many (mainly men). Regaring 3 beds on the outskirts of Preston, personally I think there’s more than enough

By Mr H

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