Local residents in a rural pocket of Preston are preparing to campaign against a “mini housing estate”.Advertisement
The owners of the Odd Chair Company want to redevelop the site of their design business into six detached homes.
Neighbours say the development, which is next door to a 16th century farmhouse on the site, will “have a huge impact on the unique character of Eaves Cottage Farm.”
Jonathan Watters, who lives at Eaves Cottage Farm, said: “The majority of locals in Eaves do not want this development, as not only is totally out of keeping with the rural environment, but poses a danger of further development in and around Eaves. We need to preserve these small pockets of rural England as much as we possibly can.
“What they are now proposing to do is to completely alter the character of Eaves Cottage Farm, and erect what is more in keeping with a suburban close. Now they have no further use for the business premises in this location, they are trying to manipulate the planning process for huge net profit.”
Sue Cook, design director and owner of the Odd Chair Company, said they needed to move their businesses premises as the company was growing.
She said: “We are moving the business to a new site in Red Scar, once we have an outcome at this site. The business is growing and we need to take on more staff and apprenticeships.
“Unfortunately this isn’t the easiest place to access and we have difficulty attracting apprentices here. Red Scar is a much easier location. It will also have better internet access, the connection here isn’t very good.”
The company has been based at the Eaves site for 14 years and Mrs Cook said they had consulted with residents before submitting the plans.
She said: “We wanted to ensure the development was right for the area. If we sold it to a housing developer they could build whatever they like, but we feel these homes are in-keeping with the area.
“We are staying here as a family, so we have a vested interest in making sure it is the right type of building.
“There has been a lot of work put into the landscaping of the plans, for example we will re-plant 30 to 35 trees to ensure properties are not overlooked.”
Plans submitted to Preston city council by architects Hurd Rolland show the homes would be five-bedroom detached homes including garages and parking spaces.
The full plans are available to view on the council website.
Anyone wishing to comment on the plan can do so on the council website or email firstname.lastname@example.org refrence number 06/2014/0206 by Saturday 26 April.