More affordable homes in the St Matthews area look set to be given the go ahead.Advertisement
Mulbury Homes has applied for the final stage in converting former mills into housing.
Land to the north of Brindle Street and Plevna Road will become 68 affordable homes if councillors vote through their planning officers recommendation on Thursday.
A set of 38 two bedroom homes, 18 three bedroom homes and 12 two bedroom apartments would be created.
The Alliance Works mill building would be demolished after Somic Textiles have been relocated.
Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews has objected to the application, saying access to the proposed homes needs to be improved between New Hall Lane and Ribbleton Lane. They also want to see some open space provided as part of the scheme.
They also say a document detailing what discussions Mulbury have had with the Friends group does not accurately express the group’s “strength of feeling over shortcomings in the proposals.”
Planning officers have recommended the scheme for approval saying it “would bring new affordable housing onto an under-used and part vacant brownfieled site and would help the relocation of the existing business and thereby protect the future of the business and jobs of its employees.”
This is the third scheme Mulbury have proposed in the surrounding area. Work is already underway on 51 new affordable homes on what was the India Mill, while a plan for a 70-bed extra care building on the Manchester Mill site has been approved.
The plans are due to be discussed at Preston City Council’s planning committee on Thursday 10 September. The full report to the city council can be viewed on their website.
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