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Seven homes planned near grade-II listed Ashes Farm in Longridge

Posted on - 11th May, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Housing, Longridge, Preston Council, Preston News, Ribble Valley News
Location Pic: Google
Location Pic: Google

Plans to build seven new homes on land near the Ashes Farm west of Longridge, have been submitted to Preston City Council.

The site lies within the countryside and comprises two fields which lie between Halfpenny Lane and The Ashes Farmhouse.

The proposal includes the renovation of the Ashes Farmhouse, a grade II listed building which is currently in a poor state of repair, and would remain physically unaltered if plans are given the go ahead.

The total cost for the repair and refurbishment that is required to the Ashes Farm building is calculated to be £427,118.72.

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View from the Lane showing southern site boundary to the left Pic: Planning documents
View from the Lane showing southern site boundary to the left Pic: Planning documents

The homes would be set both to the north and south of the existing entry drive and would be accessed directly off of Halfpenny Lane.

The proposed homes are all detached and come in three different styles, and each would be served with a private driveway

For Type A and Type B homes, there would be three units each, two storeys in height with five bedrooms, whereas there would be one unit for Type C, a three-bedroom, single storey home.

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View from the Lane with retained view of listed building between new houses Pic: Planning documents
View from the Lane with retained view of listed building between new houses Pic: Planning documents

The planning report’s heritage statement said: “The new houses flanking the part of the access driveway closest to the Lane will be set back from the drive therein minimising any impact on views of the listed building.

“The spacing of the new houses will ensure conservation of some views of the listed building from the lane.

“The style and scale of the new houses echoes simple agricultural buildings and avoids introducing an inappropriate suburban domestic character.”

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On behalf of the applicant, Halfpenny Properties Ltd, agents PWA Planning, said:

“The site provides a high-quality residential development, which surrounds an existing cluster of buildings and adjacent to consented residential development on the edge of the settlement of Longridge.

“The development will enable the refurbishment of the nearby Grade II listed building, Ashes Farmhouse.

“Bringing this heritage asset back into use will provide a wider benefit to the surrounding area and public.

“Support for existing businesses and suppliers in the area during construction, contributing to the local economy.”

To view the full proposals visit the Preston City Council website.

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