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Alston Grange plans for further new homes between Grimsargh and Longridge

Posted on - 27th September, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Housing, Politics, Preston News, Redevelopment, Ribble Valley News
The Alston Grange development off Preston Road, Longridge Pic: Blog Preston

Plans for more than 90 homes near Longridge in the Ribble Valley will be looked at by borough councillors this week, linked to changes to a previous blueprint.

Applicant Adam Dohren of Building C in Warrington has submitted an application for 91 homes at Alston Grange, on land west of Preston Road at Longridge. The agent is James Halsey of PWA Planning in Preston. Drawings with the application show different types of houses and bungalows by Tilia Homes.

Some work at the Longridge location is currently under-way and in phases. This proposed new phase includes bungalows and larger houses, according to a planning report for Ribble Valley Council.

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Some objections to the scheme have been sent to the council raising worries about loss of privacy, the environmental impact and roads.

A report for Ribble Valley Council’s development committee states: “The application site relates to a partially complete residential development off Preston Road, Longridge, known as Alston Grange. The majority of the application site relates to a third phase of the development, currently grassland, to the north-west of phases one and two, east of Mardale Playing Fields and south of Millbeck Close, which is part of the Mardale estate.”

Blueprint of the additional Alston Grange site homes Pic: BBC LDRS

The site also includes a smaller area immediately north of the existing access off Preston Road. This area is currently being used as a work compound for housing developer Tilia Homes.

A planning report for councillors states: “The proposal seeks consent to erect 91 units, together with access roads, landscaping, footpaths, public open space and a children’s play area in the form of a re-plan of a previously approved reserved matters scheme . The re-plan would incorporate a net gain of 12 units [homes].”

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Regarding past planning applications there, approval was given to plans regarding 275 homes, a neighbourhood centre and other landscape and wildlife features in 2016. Then later for 256 homes and other features in 2018. Other applications have been approved regarding market-value and affordable homes, play equipment and a turning area.

Planning officers say the Longridge location has a wide range of facilities and services, and good public and private transport links. Councillors are recommended to defer approval, subject to further work by the council’s head of economic development.

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