Plans for 125 new homes in Fulwood set to be rejected by city planning chiefs due to transport congestion fears

Posted on - 2nd December, 2012 - 2:52pm | Author - | Posted in - Housing, Preston Council, Preston News
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Congestion on Lightfoot Lane, a major route in the North of the city, is at the heart of the planning decision

A development which would see 125 new homes built on Northern edge of Preston is set to be blocked by planning chiefs on Monday.

The 4.5 hectare site off Lightfoot Green Lane in Fulwood is set to be rejected due to concerns about the traffic problems it will cause in the area.

The Connemara plan, which seeks outline planning permission, would see up to 30 homes per hectare created but local residents, sports clubs and businesses have objected to the plan citing the already notorious bootleneck of Lightfoot Lane wouldn’t be able to cope.

Council bosses agree and the Lancashire County Council highways department has also objected writing that “capacity on the local highway network (which suffers from congestion and influences movement on the strategic road network at the A6/M55 Junction 1)”. Highways officers also feel the plans for road access to the site are not good enough.

The site, which is currently made up of grazing land for horses and one large private dwelling and gardens, could also contain archaeological deposit of local and regional significance.

Woodplumpton Parish Council state their objection to the plans saying the land is open countryside and it would be difficult for drivers on the new estate to join onto Lightfoot Lane.

Nearby Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club also objected saying the “development may have the potential to adversely impact on the satisfactory of the club and its facilities; the club is a long standing community facility and the operation of its access and car park should not be allowed to be prejudiced by a new use which postdates it.”

Council officers do praise the development plan for including 30 per cent affordable housing and they note the plans would help ease the pressure on the number of new homes the city and the wider Central Lancashire region needs to provide in the next five years.

The plans will be heard tomorrow by the plannning committee at the Town Hall from 10am.

View the full plans for the Connemara site on the council website.

What do you think about the development? Do you support it or are you against it? Let us know your views in the comments below

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