Preston lines up 480 homes

Housebuilders continue to flock to the Lancashire city’s allocated growth areas, with Redrow and a joint venture between Taylor Wimpey and Bloor Homes expecting to secure approvals next week.

Approval is recommended for Taylor Wimpey and Bloor at Higher Bartle, on a site west of Tabley Lane and north of Maxy Lane and the proposed link road route.

The housebuilders are seeking permission for up to 352 homes in a masterplan that will also include open space, recreation facilities and cycle and footpaths.

However, the consent will be dependent on securing Section 106 commitments for the East-West Link Road, an agreement on the management of open space, and the transfer of 12 acres for the development of a secondary school.

The site as mapped out will have four access points: two from Sandy Lane, one from Tabley Lane and one from the proposed link road. Housing will be built towards the southern portion of the site, away from the M55 to the north, with open space in the centre and the school plot to the northeast.

Since submission, the scheme has been reduced in size from 500 homes, with the size of the school also being increased and local centre retail being removed.

According to the planning officers’ report, the developer has agreed to a Community Infrastructure Levy payment of £3.1m and a £500,000 contribution to the link road. There will be no affordable housing in the development.

The partnership is advised by planner Lichfields, landscape consultancy Randall Thorp, highways advisor Eddisons, drainage expert Betts Associates, ecology advisor ERAP and TEP.

Redrow, advised by planner Turley, is seeking reserved matters consent for 130 homes. Also within the Higher Bartle area, Redrow’s site is towards Fulwood, lying on the eastern side of Tabley Lane.

The professional team also includes landscape consultancy Urban Green and Lees Roxburgh.

Redrow Higher Bartle Site Oct 21

Redrow’s next phase is picked ou in red. Credit: planning documents

Redrow has been taking forward various parts of an outline consent covering 330 homes since 2013. This, the fourth phase, will also be 100% market housing in line with the outline approval, with four acres within its boundary set aside for the potential building of a primary school.

The 23-acre application site sits to the north of the Tabley Green homes currently under construction.

As with the Taylor Wimpey/Bloor project, the site is situated within the North West Preston strategic location as set out by the local authority as a priority housing growth area.

Elsewhere, land promoter Robertson secured consent for 1,100 homes in Lower Bartle earlier this year, a 111-acre site that was last month offered to the market.

This site is to be accessed from the £207m Western Distributor Road, the other vital piece of infrastructure in enabling development in the North West Preston allocation and the city’s other key strategic area around Cottanm, where Homes England partners are building out more than 1,000 houses.

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