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Planning appeals pave way for new housing in North West Preston

Posted on - 20th August, 2013 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Central Lancashire Development Plan, Fulwood, Housing, Woodplumpton
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Congestion on Lightfoot Lane, a major route in the North of the city, is at the heart of the planning decision

A second large-scale housing development has been turned over on appeal after councillors refused it.

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The Connemara outline application for land off Lightfoot Lane in Fulwood will be allowed after Preston City Council withdrew its objections and a planning inspector gave it the go-ahead.

Lancashire County Council’s highways department withdrew their concerns about the major impact of the site – in part due to the work ongoing with the Broughton roundabout and the expected granting of permission once again for the Broughton bypass.

125 new homes could now be built on Lightfoot Green Lane in Woodplumpton with the east side of the site bordering the West Coast Main Line.

The outline application was initially rejected by the city council’s planning committee who shared the concerns about the transport network in the North of the city.

With the county council withdrawing its concerns there was little chance of the refusal being upheld by the planning inspector, granting the way for Connemara to develop the site.

Woodplumpton Parish Council strongly objected to the application, stating the area could not cope with the increased traffic and it was developing on rural land.

The Connemara application follows the outline plans by Redrow Homes to build 300 houses on land off Lightfoot Lane which was allowed on appeal last week.

The city council was again minded to refuse and it has led to mass objections from local residents and the Lightfoot Lane Area Residents Association are fighting the plans.

What do you think about the Connemara and Redrow applications being approved? Do you live in the area? Let us know in the comments below

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