Preston narrowly approves 152 homes

At a recent planning committee, of four proposals which could have delivered 320 homes to the market, only one was approved despite the council motioning for its deferral.

The council is increasingly running a tight rule over residential proposals, with a recent appeal decision in neighbouring South Ribble potentially signifying a step-change in numbers being consented.

An inspector ruled South Ribble, and by association neighbouring authorities Preston and Chorley, had been using an outdated method to calculated homes required, and could target fewer homes.

At an unusual meeting due to take place tomorrow, Preston is poised to overturn approvals on more than 1,000 homes. Some recent applications had been approved on the basis Preston believed it could not prove a five-year supply of homes and rejecting proposals would not stand up to scrutiny if appealed. However, based on the South Ribble judgment, the new method of calculation means Preston can now prove a five-year supply.

At a planning committee which took place last week, housebuilder Bellway’s application for 152 homes at Ingol Golf Course was the only scheme approved, despite a motion to defer a decision.

The request for a deferral was due to missing information on the scheme’s boundary treatments.

The reserved matters application for the site at Tanterton Hall Road is part of a hybrid planning application for up to 450 homes which was approved in May 2018.

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

Westchurch Homes’ proposal to build 89 affordable homes was deferred, to allow the council time to assess the viability appraisal submitted by the developer. A refusal at the committee had been recommended.

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

An application for 34 homes from landowners-cum-developers Tim Forrest and John Holden, with consultancy from PWA Planning, was refused because the land is considered open countryside and development “is not considered permissible” on the site.

Community Gateway Association’s application for 45 homes on Halfpenny Lane was refused for the same reasons as Forrest and Holden’s development.

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