Grimsargh homes public inquiry to take place at Town Hall

Posted on - 17th April, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Housing, Preston 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

Residents in Grimsargh are preparing to do battle with housing developers once more.


Wainhomes want to build up to 70 new homes off Ribblesdale Drive in the village just on the outskirts of the city.

Grimsargh Parish Council say they are preparing their arguments against the plans.

The original plans were refused by the city council in July last year, but Wainhomes have appealed the decision to the planning inspector.

A statement from the city council’s planning committee in July said: “The proposal fails to achieve the environmental and social strands that are inherent within the presumption in favour of sustainable development by the loss of a substantial tract of open countryside beyond the development limits of a village at the lowest end of the settlement hierarchy where development is anticipated to be mainly confined to small scale or infilling development only and where the loss of openness and the sprawl of suburban development on the southern side of the village would significantly compromise an Area of Separation between Grimsargh and the northern edge of the Preston urban area.”

A statement from the parish council said: “The Appeal is to be handled via the Public Enquiry process (rather than informal Hearing). Hence the proceedings will be relatively formal.

“Grimsargh Parish Council, together with a team of residents are currently working on the wording of our statement to the Appeal – which will be making clear our opposition to the proposals and our belief that it is against local planning policy and the interests of the Village.

“We encourage residents to turn out and show their opposition to the plans.”

In January the Parish Council defeated a planning application by Hallam Land Management to build up to 100 homes on an area near the village called The Hills.

The Parish Council and local residents feel the boundary line and area of separation between Preston and Grimsargh is under threat.

The hearing is expected to last between two to three days and starts at 10am on Wednesday 23 April.

You can view the full planning application on the council website.

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

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