New homes planned for Broughton for approval as planning war intensifies

Posted on - 27th February, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Business, Housing, Preston Council, Preston News
The site off James Towers Way, the Broughton Bypass
The site off James Towers Way, the Broughton Bypass

Land off the Broughton Bypass looks set to see nearly 100 new homes built.


Preston City Council’s planning officers look set to continue their battle with Broughton Parish Council.

After the parish council declared they had ‘no confidence’ in the planning committee or department, the plans from Gladman Homes for 95 homes at James Towers Way are recommended for approval.

Documents due to be heard at planning committee on Tuesday 5 March outline how the land is not stated for any specific purpose in the recently voted on Broughton Neighbouur Plan.

Broughton Parish Council have objected to the plans – saying the council can demonstrate a three year housing supply – and the area cannot support more housebuilding.

Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace and Preston Rural East councillor Neil Cartwright have also objected.

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12 letters of objections have also been received.

An overhead view of the site in Broughton
An overhead view of the site in Broughton

Council officers write: “The Council cannot demonstrate a five year supply of housing land, the tilted balance, as set out in Paragraph 11 of the Framework, applies to the determination of this proposal.

“The conflict with the BNDP engages Paragraph 14 of the Framework. However it is considered that given the site is bounded by existing development and in a sustainable location on the edge of the village, the conflict with the BNDP does not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of granting planning permission. It is therefore considered that the planning balance weighs in favour of approving the proposed development.

“The report demonstrates how the proposed development accords with the core aims of the Framework and that the proposed development would fulfil economic, social and environmental objectives.

“The proposed development would result in the loss of an existing field but the site is not of any notable landscape value in terms of its character and appearance and the impact of the proposal is therefore not considered to be significant. The proposed development would be acceptable in terms of its impact on visual and residential amenity, drainage, flooding, energy efficiency, air quality, ground conditions and waste management subject to the conditions imposed. The proposed development would not have a severe impact on the operation of the road network or an unacceptable impact on highway safety.”

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