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Affordable housing wrangle agreement means Preston Docklands flats could go ahead

Posted on - 8th June, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Housing, News, Riversway
An artist impression of the Maritime Way flats and a Ribble Steam Railway engine in operation

An artist impression of the Maritime Way flats and a Ribble Steam Railway engine in operation

Previously rejected plans for a new block of flats in Preston’s Docklands are set to be approved.

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A wrangle about how much affordable housing needs to be built caused the Maritime Way development to be thrown out by councillors in February this year, after having been rejected in June last year too.

Now planning officers state they have come to an arrangement with Oceanwave Estates for the five-storey building.  It has already been scaled back from a 28-bedroom complex to a 25-bedroom complex.

Oceanwave had previously asked for a contribution from the developers of £400,000 towards affordable homes after the developers said none of the flats could be classed as ‘affordable’ due to the location of the scheme.

Planning officers have agreed to wave this fee after the developers presented evidence showing the scheme wouldn’t be possible if they had to cough up.

A statement from council officers reads: “Whilst objections have been received relating to the proposed development, the proposal is
considered to make effective use of brownfield land within the main urban area of Preston, providing an acceptable form of residential development, respecting the existing pattern of development in the area in terms of layout and scale and would contribute to maintaining the Council’s five year supply of deliverable housing land.

“The application would not result in a severe impact on traffic and highway safety, ecology and nature conservation, the character of the surrounding area or residential amenity. Whilst the proposed development would fail to provide either on-site affordable housing or a financial contribution in lieu of on-site affordable housing, the applicants have satisfactorily demonstrated that such a requirement would render the proposal unviable and would prevent the delivery of the development.”

Ribble Steam Railway had objected to the original plans saying it would cause additional traffic and be too close to the swing-bridge crossing.

The plans are due to be discussed by councillors at the city council’s planning committee on Thursday 9 June from 1.30pm at the Town Hall.

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