Deadline looms for ‘affordable’ housing scheme in Goosnargh

A view of how part of the proposed develoment for 95 new homes on land off Goosnargh Lane, Goosnargh, might look like.
A view of how part of the proposed develoment for 95 new homes on land off Goosnargh Lane, Goosnargh, might look like.

The deadline for views to be made known on plans for an ‘affordable’ led housing scheme in the centre of Goosnargh falls this week.

Preston Council has set a date of December 2 for all comments to be made on the application for 95 new homes on greenfield land off Goosnargh Lane, once the village agricultural showground.

Planners Cassidy and Ashton have applied on behalf of companies Seddon and Contour Homes, of Bolton, one of the north west’s largest registered social landlords, to build the homes, 70% of which would be ‘affordable’, together with access, landscaping and ancillary works.

Amongst objecting is Whittingham Parish Council, on whose boundary the site lies.

Clerk, Julie Buttle states: “Whittingham Parish Council wishes to state that whilst the site is a greenfield under the administration of Goosnargh, the impact of the development will adversely affect residents living in Whittingham and Goosnargh and Whittingham parish councils are working together to strongly oppose the application.”

Mr Buttle also asks for the council to be informed when the appication goes before the city planning committee, it wishes to send a representative to speak.

She states the council believes the scheme is not only contrary to city planning policy within the Core Strategy, but also questions ‘housing need’, pointing out permission already exists for 650 new homes on the former Whittingham Hospital site, less than a mile away.

The plans are for 29 ‘open market homes’, 30 at ‘discount’, 24 ‘shared ownership’ and 12 ‘affordable rent’.