320 new homes in Higher Bartle to be given green light

Posted on - 5th January, 2022 - 7:01am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Cottam, Housing, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment, Woodplumpton
The style of new homes in Cottam which could be built Pic: Randall Thorp/planning application
The style of new homes in Cottam which could be built Pic: Randall Thorp/planning application

An application to build up to 320 houses in Higher Bartle is set for approval.


The development would be on a 20-hectare site of farmland to the east of Sandy Lane and to the west of Tabley Lane, between Cottam and Woodplumpton.

As well as the new houses, proposals include provision of land for a local centre, a secondary school and public open space with recreation facilities.

Since the application from Bloor Homes and Taylor Wimpey was first submitted, the scheme has been amended twice.

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The first change saw a reduction in the number of proposed dwellings from 500 to 352, and removal of the proposed local centre.

However following publication of the report to the Planning Committee – which recommended approval for the amended scheme ahead of its meeting on 4 November 2021 – an increased level of public interest led to the planning application being deferred to address the further representations connected to the absence of a local centre.

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Since then, the proposal has been amended to provide one hectare of land for a local centre including a convenience store and other retail units. This has resulted in a further reduction in the number of houses proposed, from 352 to 320.

A report for the next Preston City Council Planning Committee from the Director of Development and Housing recommends the updated plans are approved subject to a Section 106 obligation being secured for a financial contribution towards the East-West Link Road, the future management of the public open space, the transfer of 4.88 hectares of land for a secondary school, and a viability review mechanism.

It also recommends an initial deadline for the Section 106 obligation of 4 February 2022, after which the Director of Development and Housing would have the ability to refuse planning permission.

The application (06/2020/1421) will be discussed at Planning Committee on Thursday 6 January. The report recommending approval can be viewed on the Preston City Council website.

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