Fears over Wheel route homes plan

Signs put up in protest against earlier plans submitted in the D'Urton Lane area
Signs put up in protest against earlier plans submitted in the D'Urton Lane area
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A development of family homes could be built on land in rural Preston, if plans are given the go-ahead.

Melrose Homes has applied to build 14 five and six-bedroomed properties on land south of D’Urton Lane and east of Midgery Lane in Broughton.

But neighbours have raised concerns over the possible impact of the proposed homes on the Guild Wheel.

A statement to Preston Council from agents MPSL Planning and Design said the site comprised of 3.6 acres of open unused grassland, which is “overgrown and inaccessible.”

It said: “In developing this proposal the design and consultant team have sought to deliver a desirable and high quality living environment within this area of Preston.

“The form and arrangement of space, buildings and routes have been developed on sound urban design principles with a view to creating high quality family homes within an attractive environment.

“The design of the development ensures that the natural features within the site are retained, and the amenity of the adjacent properties (Broughton hall and Daniel’s Farm) are protected.

But Coun Neil Cartwright, who represents Preston Rural East, raised fears over the impact on the proposed development on the Guild Wheel.

He said he was concerned about conflict between the Guild Wheel and the development.

He said: “The applicants don’t appear to demonstrate that they recognise the scale of usage by cyclists. I would expect the county highways to insist on measures to eliminate any potential problems.”

He added: “It’s really the fact there will be 14 houses coming out onto the Guild Wheel and there doesn’t seem to be any mitigation as recognition of the Guild Wheel being there.”