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Broughton housing development recommended for approval with removal of community contributions

Posted on - 7th July, 2021 - 1:20pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Housing, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment, Schools
Pillars - The Residences. Pic: Google maps
Pillars – The Residences. Pic: Google maps

A planning application to decrease the amount of affordable houses and school contributions at a Broughton development is set to be approved.

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Pillars Construction Ltd submitted the application to remove the section 106 conditions from The Residences development off Garstang Road.

The firm initially wanted to build 30 houses and a building being converted into eight affordable apartments. However instead of the apartments, the plan now is to build two semi-detached market dwellings.

Pillars claims in the application that this is due to Covid affecting the progress of the development.

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Pat Hastings, Chair of Broughton Parish Council, said: “The Preston City Council’s officer report recommends acceptance of the changes to the plans.

“The arguments put forward by the developers in the current difficult times further illustrate the effect the pandemic has had on the construction industry.”

In a letter to Preston City Council, Pillars also claim it will not be able to make the 17.5 per cent of profit that it was aiming for.

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The application is due for approval under certain conditions such as there being a three year time limit and tree protection during construction.

Conditions also include the provision of electric vehicle charging points and no tree felling or vegetation clearance during bird nesting season.


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