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New homes plan for field off A6 at Barton due for approval

Posted on - 9th June, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Business, Housing, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
The field off the A6 at Barton due for development Pic: Google
The field off the A6 at Barton due for development Pic: Google

Proposals for a new housing development off the A6 at Barton are set for approval.

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Wainhomes and The Sovini Group have applied to build on land just before the Station Lane turn off Garstang Road opposite St Michael’s Place.

The land, which borders the King George V playing fields, would see 68 new homes built on it.

Three previous applications for homes on the site have been rejected by the city council, with one of them seeing the developers lose on appeal in 2016. However, in 2018 an application for 45 new homes – for access only – was applied for and approved.

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Barton Parish Council have led objections to the scheme saying the development is not ‘sensitive’ or ‘in-keeping with the character and appearance of the area’.

22 objections to the plans have been received by the city council, saying the area has insufficient facilities and the semi-rural character of the area would be ruined.

The land is not designated for development in Preston’s Local Plan, running between 2021 and 2026.

Planning officers, in recommending the scheme for approval, say the scheme has the ability to add affordable homes to the Barton area.

The city council is to ask the developers to provide a full allocation of affordable housing, maintenance of the greenspace on-site, contributions for school places and for highways infrastructure contributions as part of the conditions of approval.

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The plans are due to be heard by councillors when planning committee meets over Zoom or Skype on Thursday June 11.

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