Hundreds of new homes are to go ahead in Fulwood after a legal agreement between developers was reached.Advertisement
Story Homes is to build 300 homes at land between D’urton Lane and Eastway.
The land is identified as one of eleven sites across the city in the City Deal – a £430m investment in homes and roads across Preston and South Ribble.
Dubbed D’urton Manor the development includes 45 affordable homes.
Founder and chairman of Story Homes Fred Story said: “This is a significant development for Story Homes and it will deliver our second scheme in Preston with the HCA and Preston City Council. D’Urton Manor will provide much needed family housing ranging in size from two to five bedroom homes.
“We believe the Story Homes offer is different to that of other developers currently active in the area and we believe our product will be something new, but will be in keeping with the Preston market.”
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Planning permission has been secured for the development – which includes cycleways, a community space, shops and a care facility.
Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency Sir Edward Lister said: “I was really pleased to be at D’Urton Manor because it is such a great example of the Homes and Communities Agency leading the way in driving the delivery of homes on surplus public sector land.
“Working closely with our partners Story Homes and Preston City Council we are turning the plans of the City Deal into the reality of new homes and successful places.”
Some Fulwood residents have criticised the amount of new homes being built in the area, including one who put up a gravestone saying Fulwood was being ‘killed by concrete’.
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Housing developments near the Guild Wheel, the cycle route around the city, at D’Urton Lane have also seen anger from cycling groups who say the route is being affected by the building.
Preston City Council’s leader councillor Peter Rankin said of the development: “Building new homes for families and future generations is key to Preston’s future success. And this is what City Deal is all about – investing in infrastructure and laying firm foundations for new homes, new jobs and a flourishing Preston and Lancashire economy.
“Story Homes have a fantastic reputation, building award winning homes and we are delighted they are investing in Preston and building new homes for the future. These really are exciting times for Preston.”
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