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First phase of Whittingham Mental Hospital plans ready for approval

Posted on - 25th September, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Housing, News
The former Whittingham site was one of the largest mental institutions in the UK

The former Whittingham site was one of the largest mental institutions in the UK

Further plans for the former Whittingham Mental Hospital have been tabled.

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Taylor Wimpey have submitted a reserved matters application giving details of how 132 new houses and 18 new apartments are to be built on the site.

Bulldozers are currently at work clearing much of the former mental asylum which sits in more than 50 hectares of countryside to the North East of Preston.

Developers want to build three new apartment blocks and a swathe of townhouses on the site.

Reports submitted to the city council raise concerns about the scale of development ahead of the Broughton bypass.

The Highways Agency reminds councillors that only 350 new homes should be built on the site before the Broughton bypass is started.

Drainage on the site has also been raised as a problem, the Environment Agency say a full drainage strategy is needed.

Three letters of objection from local residents have been received, expressing their concerns about traffic where the exit road from the proposed development will join Whittingham Lane.

Planning officers have recommended the reserved matters application for approval – saying it “provides a satisfactory layout, design and appearance to the first phrase for the re-development of this former hospital site”.

You can view the full council officer’s report on the city council website.

The city council’s planning committee meet to decide on the plans on Monday 29 September from 10am at the Town Hall.

What do you think of the development at Whittingham? Do you live nearby? Let us know in the comments below

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