A controversial plan to build up to 164 new homes on a portion of a golf course looks set for approval.Advertisement
Preston City Council’s planning officers have recommended the scheme from Rowland Homes for approval.
The firm wants to build on 13.6 hectares of former Ingol Golf Club land off Tom Benson Way – but faces objections from local residents.
It would provide from two to five bedroom homes, which would be predominantly semi-detached and detached properties.
49 letters of objection have been received from local residents who say the area is an area of major open space and should be protected.
Ingol ward councillor Pauline Browne has objected to the application, saying the entire golf course is an area of major open space.
Fellow Ingol councillor Neil Darby has also objected to the plans, saying any development “would result in ther site being greatly and unacceptably degarded in character and appearance.”
Preston North MP Ben Wallace also wrote a letter of objection saying: “As the city develops northwards, it is of vital importance that the green spaces further into the city are protected., which are precious to Preston and protected through the Local Plan.”
Local groups the Ingol and Tanterton Neighbourhood Council, Ingol Golf Village Residents Association and the Ingol and Tanterton PACT have all objected.
Eight letters of support for the development have also been received by the city council, which say the land is not needed by the golf club and would be benficial for the area if built on.
Land director at Rowland Homes, Stephen Lancaster, said: “The new properties would provide much-needed housing for families in Preston, as well as new parkland and facilities for the whole community.”
A statement from planning officers says: “The proposed development would provide a number of benefits, including a valuable contribution towards the supply of housing within Preston, including 30 per cent affordable housing, community infrastructure levy payments, contribution towards education, off-site highway improvement works, on-site open provision and maintenance, economic investment and new homes bonus.”
They go on to include these benefits outweight the negative of the golf course reducing in size and the loss of green space in the area.
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A larger application for 69 hectares of new homes development, including the current area applied for, was rejected in June 2010 after a three week public inquiry.
The previous development wanted to build 550 homes on a wider area of the golf course.
Councillors on the city council planning committee will decide whether to approve or not from 10am on Monday 29 September at the Town Hall.
You can view the full plans on the city council website.
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