72 new homes bid rejected over ‘sprawl’ fears

Land off Garstang Road, Barton, where Wainhomes wanted to build 72 homes
Land off Garstang Road, Barton, where Wainhomes wanted to build 72 homes

A development of dozens of homes in the Lancashire countryside has been thrown out.

Councillors voted unanimously to reject plans for 72 homes off Garstang Road. Barton, after officers deemed them inappropriate.

It’s expanding Barton to the north, which is not where we want to start developing.

Coun Brian Rollo

Wainhomes North West Ltd had submitted the application, which included a new access from Garstang Road, open space and landscaping.

But Preston Council’s planning committee refused the plans, which they said were in the “wrong place”.

Committee chairman Coun Brian Rollo said: “It’s expanding Barton to the north, which is not where we want to start developing.”

The meeting was told by senior planning officer Janet Filbin the plans would lead to a “suburban sprawl”.

A report to councillors said the development would lead to an “unplanned and inappropriate expansion” of a rural village, which “would fail to achieve the economic, social or environmental dimensions to achieving sustainable development”.

It also said the plans would create a “sprawl” of development into the countryside.

The report said: “The proposed development would lead to the substantial loss of a tract of open countryside outside the defined settlement boundary for Barton village, creating a sprawl of development into the countryside away from the main built-up village which would significantly detract from the rural character of the village.”

Recommending the plans for refusal, the report said the homes would lead to an “unplanned and unwarranted intrusion” into the area.