Preston misses out on affordable homes after planning error
A development of 140 houses on the edge of Preston is set to go ahead without the inclusion of 40 affordable homes, after an error on a planning notice omitted a condition of approval requiring that 30% of the scheme be at less than market value.
The development by a subsidiary of Barratt Homes at Eastway on the edge of Preston was granted outline planning permission in March 2014, and details of the scheme are expected to be approved at the council’s planning committee on Thursday 8 September.
A report ahead of the meeting revealed that all of the houses on the 13-acre site will be for sale on the open market, as “despite the committee approving the outline application with a recommended condition requiring 30% affordable housing, there was an error on the decision notice which meant this condition was not included.
It continues: “As this application seeks approval for the details of the development, the local planning authority cannot re-visit matters of principle, such as affordable housing, at this stage.”
The development will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom detached, semi-detached and muse homes. The reserved matters application being considered on Thursday details design aspects, access and street
Including affordable housing can mean a mix of tenures, whether homes for social rent, or houses that are put up for sale in shared ownership schemes or at a lower cost for first time buyers.