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Grimsargh development by Wain Homes recommended for approval

Posted on - 24th November, 2014 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Housing, News
Unused fields in Grimsargh could be turned into new homes if a planning application is given the green light

Unused fields in Grimsargh could be turned into new homes if a planning application is given the green light

A controversial development on fields in Grimsargh village moves to the next stage with detailed plans lodged.

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Villagers fought the Wain Homes development for 64 new homes saying it would destroy the open space in Grimsargh.

After losing a planning appeal, the Parish Council and local residents have given their views on the full planning application which has been submitted to Preston City Council.

The development would see 42 detached houses, 10 semi-detached and 12 apartments built on fields off Ribblesdale Drive.

Planning Inspector McCoy decided to allow the Ribblesdale development after saying it did not threaten the area of separation between Preston and Grimsargh.

Preston City Council’s planning committee had rejected the initial application from Wain Homes.

Planning officers have recommended the new homes plan for approval saying: “Objections have been taken into consideration, which have been addressed through this reserved matters application or relate to the extant
outline permission.

“The details of the scale, layout, appearance and landscaping of the proposed development are acceptable and satisfactorily integrate the residential development into the existing village and its open countryside surroundings. As such, the proposal complies with the relevant provisions of the development plan and there are no material considerations which outweigh this finding.”

The city council’s parks and horticultural services department has raised concerns that a large semi-circular wildlife area planned in the development would “appear unnatural” and plans for a “dog proof fence should be disguised by a hedge and small copse of trees.”

Grimsargh Parish Council have added their support to this proposal.

Six letters from nearby residents have been received objecting to the plans.

They say the development will make Grimsargh “become a suburb of Ribbleton” and they think the site could have poor surface water drainage.

The officers report is available to view on the city council website.

Planning committee meet on Monday 1 December at the Town Hall from 10am to discuss the plans.

Do you live in Grimsargh? What do you think of the plans? Let us know in the comments below

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