Plans to build 40 homes in Goosnargh Lane up for debate

Posted on - 26th February, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Grimsargh, Housing, Longridge, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
The proposed dwellings on land at Swainson Farm
The proposed dwellings on land at Swainson Farm Pic: Planning documents

Plans to build 40 homes on land at Swainson Farm in Goosnargh Lane is up for debate next week by councillors.

The application seeks approval for details of appearance, layout, landscaping and scale of the area covering approximately 1.86 hectares, after outline planning permission for access to the 40 homes was granted on appeal in February 2022.

The same applicant, Michael Wells, who submitted an outline planning application for up to 87 homes to land north east of Swainson Farm was refused planning permission.

As the application site is located in the open countryside and adjacent to the village boundary of Goosnargh, 35 per cent of the total number of houses on the site would be affordable which would be split into four parcels across the site.

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Preston Council Town Hall Pic: Tony Worrall
Preston Council Town Hall Pic: Tony Worrall

The proposed 40 homes would consist of a mixture of two, three, four and five bed detached and semi-detached dwellings, all two storeys in height.

The homes would be constructed from two ranges of brick (Wienerberger Newfield Multi and Wienerberger Westerton Orange).

As approved under the outline planning application, vehicular and pedestrian access would be taken from the north side of Goosnargh Lane.

A further 3m wide shared footway and cycleway is also proposed to the south of the site next to the existing homes on Goosnargh Lane (The Paddock), linking into the proposed development.

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The proposed homes would be laid out along two main estate roads, running north-south and east-west, with a small number of homes accessed from private drives.

A report to the Planning Committee reveals Goosnargh Parish Council, United Uitilities, Electricity North West, Cadent Gas have no objections to the plans.

County Highways also have no objections and said: “The submitted amended plans are acceptable in relation to the access to Goosnargh Lane.”

Whittingham Parish Council, object to the development, on the grounds that the layout has been designed to provide access into the adjacent fields.

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Two letters of objection were received from the public, details of which are summarised below:

  • Lack of clarity relating to the proposed structure of the foul pumping station;
    Loss of light to neighbouring properties;
  • Too many houses are proposed; and
  • Lack of facilities for incoming residents.

The conclusion of the report said: “Objections have been received to this application which have been taken into consideration as part of the assessment of the proposal.

“It is considered the proposed design and appearance of the dwellings would be acceptable, and that the
proposal would comply with the outline permission in terms of the layout of the site and provision of open space.

“The proposed development would be acceptable in terms of appearance, scale, landscaping and layout as the proposal would follow the general parameters of the outline permission.”

A meeting will be held before the city council’s planning committee on Monday 28 February, to discuss the plans.

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