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Revised planning application submitted for Harris Park housing development in Fulwood

Posted on - 22nd November, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Cadley, Fulwood, Housing, Politics, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment, Sharoe Green
Harris Park revised development plans example. Pic: Preston City Council
Harris Park revised development plans example. Pic: Preston City Council

Plans for Harris Park housing development have been revised after a Fulwood group attempted to stop the building on the grounds of a former orphanage.

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The plans have been resubmitted with a smaller total of houses proposed to be built.

Prema Taylor, part of the Friends of Harris Park campaign group said: “Objections to the planned development have also been lodged by national organisations such as Historical England, the Victorian Society, Lancashire Garden Trust, Save Britain’s Heritage, Growth Lancashire, the War Memorials Trust, Lancashire County Council’s Archaeological Department.

“Our local representative in Parliament has also expressed his objection and referred the matter to the Housing Minister.

“We have been waiting for a decision from the Planning Department for some months and are dismayed to discover instead today that an amended application has been submitted by the owner.”

Yousuf Bhailok previously proposed to build 69 new homes in the Harris Park and converting the Grade II listed property into nine apartments.

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However, the plans have been revised to 50 buildings and are now split into two applications.

The first covers the existing Harris Park site and is a full planning application and a secondary application for outline permission to build the remaining homes on the land behind the orphanage building.

The revised proposals still see a secondary entrance and exit created into Garstang Road – the A6 – opposite the Springfield Manor Gardens care home and soon to be complete new health centre.

The former orphanage buildings are now in private ownership Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris Park former orphanage buildings. Pic: Tony Worrall

Mr Bhailok has owned Harris Park, in Fulwood, which was previously an orphanage and built in 1877, since 2006 when he bought it from the University of Central Lancashire.

The original proposals by planning agents Cassidy + Ashton brought controversy from those living nearby and across Fulwood.

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The campaign group, objecting the scheme, has raised more than £2,000 on a Justgiving page to put towards legal fees to object to the planning proposal.

However, the group is not satisfied with the recent reduction to the amount of properties.

Comments on the revised plans can be made until Tuesday 1 December via the Preston City Council website.

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