Homes plan set for green light despite objections

The area off Pudding Pie Nook Lane which has had plans submitted for 26 houses
The area off Pudding Pie Nook Lane which has had plans submitted for 26 houses

Plans to build a housing development in Goosnargh look set to be given the green light, despite objections from neighbours.

Applicant Falagoza SA has applied for permission for up to 26 homes off Pudding Pie Nook Lane.

Although the proposal does not comply with some policies of the development plan, there are material considerations which indicate that planning permission should be granted

Preston Council report

Plans include bungalows, semi-detached and detached houses on the site made up of brownfield land, a disused car park and overgrown shrubs.

The application has been recommended for approval, but community representatives have raised fears it could set a precedent for more development in the area.

Julie Buttle, clerk to Whittingham Parish Council, said: “The site itself is in an area of separation and it’s not identified for housing in the adopted local plan. If approved, it could set a precedent for similar applications, and it is contrary to policy in that it could merge the settlements of Broughton and Whittingham.

“The access is only a public right of way and opposite the site there is a distribution centre that’s been approved, which means lorries will be entering the site and the access on Whittingham Lane is considered unsuitable.”

But a report to Preston Council’s planning committee, due to meet today, recommended the plans for approval, with conditions.

The report said nine of the proposed properties would be affordable homes. It said: “Objections to the application have been received and the issues raised have been taken into consideration as part of the assessment of the application.The proposed development would provide much needed affordable housing in the area and, subject to reserved matters details, bungalows suitable for the elderly. The development would occupy a part brownfield and part neglected site adjoining the defined settlement boundary and would have no significant impact on the area of separation.”

“It is considered that those highways issues can be satisfactorily overcome with planning conditions.”

It added: “Although the proposal does not comply with some policies of the development plan, there are material considerations which indicate that planning permission should be granted.”