‘Mansion’ plan set to get the nod

New home with pool, cinema and staff quarters is recommended for approval by planners.

Wednesday, 24th September 2014, 4:07 pm
A computer generated image of the vision for the home in Langley Lane, Goosnargh.

Plans for a giant “country mansion” at a rural site in Goosnargh look set to be given the go-ahead.

Members of the Bux family have applied to build the spectacular property, which will include a swimming pool, cinema room and even staff quarters.

Now the grand designs have been recommended for approval by planning bosses – despite dozens of objections from neighbours.

A report to the planning committee of Preston Council says the proposal is for a single large home on four floors with terraces and adjoining staff quarters.

It would have a garage court, a “long meandering driveway” from an improved access on Langley Lane and a wall kitchen garden.

Plans also include outbuildings and “solar array”, and the home would be set within a “modern landscape design” with lakes and pools.

The proposals have been lodged by Mr Bux, who owns the Voi Jeans clothing brand, and the report said: “The proposed dwelling would create a country mansion in modern day terms for a local businessman who wishes to apply creative innovative 
architecture and landscape design to form a contemporary country house for his family and their future generations.”

However, dozens of objections have been raised, including “strong concerns” from the Campaign to Protect Rural England, which fears the building is “not sufficiently sympathetically designed to fit into the natural built and historic environment of Goosnargh.”

Other objections have come from Barton Parish Council and Whittingham Parish Council, relating to the loss of greenfield land. A total of 28 letters of objection have been received, including one forwarded by Ben Wallace MP.

A decision on the plans would normally be made under the council’s delegated powers scheme, but the application will be discussed by councillors on Monday, September 29, after they were “called in” by Coun Lona Smith, who raised concerns about its “impact on the rural character of the area”.

The plans have been recommended for approval, with conditions.