Homes proposal put on the table

Coun Ken Hudson
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Proposals have been submitted for an estate of more than 60 new homes in Barton.

An outline application for up to 65 homes on land off Forest Grove was approved earlier in the year following an appeal, after an inspector said the council did not have up-to-date policies for the supply of housing.

Now further plans, describing the appearance, landscaping and layout of 62 homes have been lodged by Rowland Homes Ltd.

Following the appeal, inspector Karen Ridge said the proposal would be contrary to the local development plan in terms of its location and the effect on the rural landscape and open countryside.

But she said: “However, policies for the supply of housing land are not up to date and therefore I am going to attribute moderate weight to the harm to policy objectives in relation to the location of development.

Now a supporting statement, from agent Sedgwick Associates, gives details of the proposed new homes.

It says the development will include nine two-bedroomed homes, 21 three-bedroomed homes and 32 four-bedroomed homes. It will also include 35 per cent affordable housing.

Coun Ken Hudson said: “These proposals should not have taken place in Barton - it didn’t need more homes, but they have done well in actually putting that number of affordable homes on site. I just don’t think there needed to be any development.”

A council spokesman said: “The council accepts the decision of the planning inspectorate, in that the proposal is considered to be ‘sustainable development’ in the context of national planning policy. Now that the principle of the development has been established, the council will consider the full details of the application under the normal procedures at planning committee.

“The council adopted a strategic plan for Central Lancashire with South Ribble and Chorley Councils in 2012 and is at an advanced stage of updating local planning policies, in accordance with national policy.”

“The council have identified land to deliver our housing requirements and have commissioned a North West Preston master plan, which will deliver approximately 4,500 new homes in a sustainable location adjacent to the main urban area of Preston.”