Plans submitted for Preston mill scheme

Specialist affordable housing developer Mulbury Homes has submitted plans for a £5m housing development on the 2.8-acre site of a former mill at New Hall Lane in Preston.

The plans propose building 51 new homes, with a mix of two, three and four bedroom semi-detached and terraced properties.

Mulbury is delivering the scheme on behalf of Adactus Housing Association who plan to make the homes available for shared ownership and rent for local families. Adactus has secured grant funding from the Homes & Communities Agency for the project.

Preston-based consultancy PWA Planning submitted the planning application on behalf of Mulbury Homes and has also been involved in consultations with the local community over the proposals.

The application is due to go to planning committee at the end of April. If approved, work could start on site in June with an anticipated completion date of October 2015.

Greg Mulligan, director at Mulbury Homes, said: "These modern properties will provide much-needed new family housing while at the same time helping to regenerate the local area by revitalising a derelict piece of land. We will continue to consult closely with the community and other local stakeholders to bring this valuable development to fruition."

Paul Walton, director of PWA Planning, said: "We have organised meetings and engaged with local people and community groups about the plans and the feedback we have received so far has been very positive. That consultation process will continue. This well-thought out development, with well-designed homes and gardens, will play a key role in the regeneration of the area."

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So they’ve taken a strongly industrial context wihtin an urban area and have come up with… …an interwar council estate, but with smaller gardens. Why try and graft suburbia into townscape dominated by big multistorey mills/ Opportunity missed!

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