Parish Council questions how hundreds of homes for Cottam links with Garden City masterplan

Posted on - 2nd November, 2014 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Central Lancashire Development Plan, Cottam, Housing, Preston News, Woodplumpton
How the 288 new homes would be laid out across the site

How the 288 new homes would be laid out across the site

The final stage of a giant new development of homes in Cottam looks set to be approved.


Wainhomes have submitted their detailed proposal for 288 houses on land off Sandy Lane on farmland in the North West of the city.

Proposals state how the houses would be built around a village green with a duck pond.

The development would back onto Maxy House Farm and a new road would come off Sandy Lane and go through the heart of the new estate.

Around 87 of the homes are due to be affordable homes.

Woodplumpton Parish Council have criticised the application, saying it does not show how it links into the Garden City plan for North West Preston.

The site is identified as a development area in the North West Preston Masterplan which is currently being considered as part of the Preston Local Plan – a strategy for where thousands of new homes should be built in the city.

Clerk to the parish council, Julie Buttle, writes: “Members believe the NW Preston Master Plan should be a detailed drawing for the whole of the NW Preston area – showing the exact layout of the main roads, traffic calming measures, footpaths, sewers, infrastructure etc. and individual planning applications should show how they fit into the Master Plan. Applications should complement and support each other – rather than making the current situation worse or financing unnecessary or duplicate structures / provision.

“In this application, the applicant shows that there are footpaths and cycle links running through the estate but these are contained within the site and there is no effort to show how these will connect to the Guild Wheel or other neighbouring developments. It is noted that the application states offsite road improvements will be provided but again this detail is not contained within the application.

“Members note that the site centres around a Village Green with higher density housing and open courts – as applications are being considered individually, it is impossible to tell how this will relate to other sites in the NW Preston area which defeats the purpose of having a master plan covering the whole.

“Members note that ‘on street parking’ will be provided. Given the existing congestion and difficulties for refuse collection and delivery vehicles on many of our housing estates – Members question why the City Council would approve a scheme with on street parking and question how this fits into a ‘garden city’ theme.

“To access Sandy Lane construction traffic must travel down Hoyles Lane turning right at the Post Office. The road in this area is considered dangerous with poor visibility and it is understood that the layout will be altered as part of the Taylor Wimpey application. Will these works take place first or are we expecting slow moving construction traffic to turn right into a narrow lane with poor visibility?

“Based on the above points Members oppose the application and feel applications in the East should be completed first so that construction traffic can use the E – W road in safety.”

Outline planning permission for up to 350 houses was granted in January 2014.

Council officers write in their conclusion: “In accordance with Section 38(6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, decisions are made in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The proposed provides an appropriate scale, layout and design of development within appropriate landscaping and parking that integrates into its surroundings. As such the proposal complies with the relevant provisions of the development plan and there are no material considerations which outweigh this finding.”

The plans are due to be discussed at the city council planning committee on Monday from 10am at the Town Hall.

View the full plans on the city council website.

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