The masterplan explaining how Preston is going to grow over the next 13 years has been revealed.Advertisement
Preston City Council has published its Local Plan for the city and surrounding area, outlining where nearly 9,000 new homes will be built.
Major developments of new homes will be primarily built to the North and North West of Preston, such as Cottam.
Currently 1,750 new homes have been granted permission for large-scale building in the North of the city but the council expects 5,300 new homes to be built altogether by 2026 to keep pace with demand.
Only 530 new homes will be built in the city centre, and 1,136 homes will come from infill building throughout the city.
Councillor John Swindells, deputy leader of the council, said: “This plan is a roadmap for future developments in the city. It is therefore extremely important that local people have their say in shaping the future of Preston over the next 15 years.
“All comments will be carefully considered and submitted to the planning inspector.”
The Local Plan is part of the Central Lancashire Core Strategy where Chorley, South Ribble and Preston authorities are working together to meet the demand for new homes in the region.
The council is asking for comments on the Local Plan, however comments can only be made about whether the plan meets the tests the government has set down:
– Is the Plan positively prepared? i.e. is it based on a strategy that provides for development and infrastructure needs?
– Is the Plan justified? i.e. is it founded on robust evidence and is it the most appropriate strategy against all the reasonable alternatives?
– Is the Plan effective? i.e. is it deliverable, flexible, and able to be monitored?
– Is the Plan consistent? i.e. is it in line with national policy?
The plan can be viewed on the city council website or at the Town Hall.
Comments need to be made by Monday 25 November, and can be made via an online form or in writing by email to [email protected]