Former Golden Hill Special School site to become new homes

Posted on - 6th October, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Housing, Preston News, Redevelopment, Ribbleton
The current Golden Hill site

The current Golden Hill site

A former special school in Ribbleton is to be turned into 20 new homes.


The Golden Hill Special School site was sold for more than £200,000 by Lancashire County Council in April last year.

Now plans for 20 houses on the Cromwell Road site have been lodged by developer Morris Homes.

Six homes with private drives off Hamilton Road are to be included, while 14 houses off Cromwell Road are the main bulk of the development.

How the new development could look in Ribbleton

How the new development could look in Ribbleton

An initial scheme included three more homes, but Morris Homes have amended the plans.

The school was closed in December 2010 and has remained unused since.


Morris Homes say they sent a leaflet to surrounding properties, 100 in total, about their proposals for Golden Hill.

They received just four responses, which were “broadly supportive of the proposed re-development” but did raise concerns about the exit route from the development causing traffic problems during peak times.

A statement from the developers says: “The site is entirely brownfield, in accordance with the National Planning Police Framework definition, and is comprised largely of vacant buildings, concrete hard standings and other urbanising features.

“The site is currently disused and lies vacant. There is therefore a compelling need to remediate the site to deliver environmental improvements.”

The full plans for the development can be viewed on the city council website and you can also leave comments about the development there.

Or you can email quoting reference 06/2014/0707 by Saturday 18 October.

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

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