‘Garden grabbing’ plans are turned down by council planning committee’s vote

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A round of applause resonated around a council chamber after plans for six new homes, which residents claimed would have been “garden grabbing”, were refused by planners.

Twelve members of Preston’s planning committee voted to go with their officers’ recommendation that Mr and Mrs Frank Platt’s plans to demolish 47 Whittingham Lane at Broughton and build six detached two-storey homes and garages on the land should be refused, with two abstentions.

Officers had stated the development would be “unacceptably out of keeping” in its proposed rural position on the edge of Broughton village, spoiling the character and appearance of the lane and its surroundings.

Many residents also objected, saying Whittingham Lane was a well-established suburban road, characterised by single plot houses laid out in a regular and ordered manner, with a strong building line.

Coun Tom Davies, who called the plans into council, said that for the people of Broughton, until the Broughton bypass was built and the traffic situation sorted out, this was “another plot too far”. He added: “I feel we should go with the officers and refuse the applciation.”