33 Homes Near Brockholes Brow Up For Approval Despite Viability Concerns

Concerns have been raised about proposals to build 37 homes on a 3-acre site close to Deafways in Preston.

Developer Imperial Fairway wants to build the homes, despite concerns over a lack of affordable housing provision because of viability constraints. 

The scheme provide a mix of three- and four-bedroom homes on a site off Brockholes Brow, close to the offices of the charity, which supports deaf people.

A spokesperson for Imperial Fairway told the city council it was unable to provide any affordable housing as part of the project due to the predicted low sales values of the properties.

The developer further said it would no longer be able to commit to an off-site contribution after a viability assessment highlighted several “significant abnormal costs” related to site clearance and the need for improved access works. 

Preston City Council intervened and suggested that, if the homes sell for higher prices than originally anticipated, a contribution towards affordable housing from Imperial could be requested at a later date. 

Preston City Council will make a decision on the project on Thursday. The planner for the development is CW Planning Solutions and the architect is LMP Architectural Consultants.