A six-day hearing to decide whether a major new housing development in a Preston village is due to be called.Advertisement
Gladman Homes has appealed a decision in early March which refused it permission to build 150 new homes in Grimsargh.
The firm has lodged an appeal with the planning inspector and is asking for a six day hearing in late July.
In a statement the firm said: “The application has been refused contrary to the professional advice of statutory consultees and contrary to the professional opinion of officers.
“Despite no new evidence was produced by the council or members of the planning committee to support their reasons for refusal.”
The plan for the homes off Preston Road in the village were rejected at a planning committee meeting on Monday 5 March.
Councillors said: “The proposed development would result in the loss of greenfield agricultural land, which is not identified for the future provision and delivery of housing or any other development in Preston.
“The resultant loss of the open countryside greenfield land would have an unacceptable adverse harmful impact upon the rural character and appearances of the area through the large scale encroachment of suburban development and the expansion of Grimsargh village.”
Grimsargh Parish Council and a number of local residents issued strong statements against the development saying it would destroy the character of the village.
The parish council said: “As with any appeal, the correspondence from residents gets copied to the Inspector, so there is no need for further letters of objection from residents.”
The full planning appeal document from Gladman Homes can be seen on the city council website.
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