No, no, no – homes plan rejected for third time

The area of land which Hallam Land Management wants to develop
The area of land which Hallam Land Management wants to develop
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An application to build a housing estate on land between Grimsargh and Preston has been thrown out for the third time.

Local residents were angry that despite an application for 143 homes on land north of The Hills in Longridge Road being dismissed by Preston Council last year, and then again on appeal by a planning inspector, Hallam Land Management had gone back with an amended proposal.

This time the firm asked to build 100 homes on the 11.86 hectare land, with the north section and housing area fronting Longridge Road removed. Planning officer Phil Cousins recommended refusal, saying it would have an “unacceptable detrimental impact on the area of separation and character of the area, merging the urban area of Preston with the rural village of Grimsargh.”

Ward councillor Neil Cartwright spoke on behalf of residents.

He said: “There’s been objections from 252 residents, which is significantly more than the first application.

“I think there’s anger that the application’s been refused, it’s been to appeal and the inspector has sided on the side of the council, and for the application to keep coming back in a different way isn’t on.”

In March, Planning Inspector Isobel McCretton judged that the 143 house development would go against Area of Separation rules.

She said: “There would be little sense for people travelling from Preston of having left the built-up area of the city.”

Planning committee member Coun David Borrow said: “We need to stick firm on the area of separation. I’m convinced that if we approve it, in my lifetime all of that land will be gone.”

The planning committee voted to refuse the latest bid.