Preston expected to refuse 168 homes

Three planning applications totaling 168 homes have been recommended for refusal, while Bellway Homes’ proposal for 152 homes is expected to be approved.

The first application set for refusal is Westchurch Homes’ application to build 89 affordable homes on land to the rear of Lightfoot Lane. The 5.7-acre plot is currently mixed residential and grazing land. One four-bedroom house would be demolished to make way for the development.

The site has been subject to five previous planning applications, of which four were approved while a proposal for a nursery was refused in 2015.

The council has received eight objections to the scheme from locals, including concerns over the likely increase of traffic and over-development of the site, and fears that the proposal would create an “estate of affordable homes and not provide an adequate mix of housing”

MCK Associates is the architect, Trevor Bridge Associates is the landscape architect and Maybern Planning & Development is the planner.

Two further schemes are set for refusal, including a planning application for 34 homes on land off Inglewhite Road and Half Penny Lane in Longridge from developers Tim Forrest and John Holden, with consultancy from PWA Planning. The other is the Community Gateway Association’s application for 45 homes on land to the north of Old Rib Farm at 55 Halfpenny Lane.

PWA Planning also consulted on this scheme.

Meanwhile, housebuilder Bellway’s reserved matters application for 152 homes on land at the former Ingol Golf and Squash Club on Tanterton Hall Road, is recommended for approval at Preston Council this week.

The application follows Bellway’s previous hybrid planning application for up to 450 homes on the site, which was approved in May 2018.

The 11-acre plot would have a 30% affordable housing provision and deliver a mix of one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes.

The agent on the scheme is Avison Young and designs were drawn up by architect APD.

Preston’s planning committee will meet on 6 February to discuss the agenda.

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