Plans reveal how area is to be developed

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MORE large swathes of rural land to the north and east of Preston are being put forward for possible future housing development.

These latest site suggestions – which include two large areas of land at Grimsargh and another at Broughton – could eventually be included in Preston’s Local Development Framework, which will guide planning policy throughout the city for the next 15 years.

There are also three smaller, yet still significant developments, suggested for Grimsargh and three on the Longridge boundary, which lie within the parish of Whittingham.

The deadline for this latest round of site suggestions closes this Friday, October 28, and it is believed there are still some more to be put in the public domain.

Up until yesterday, the suggested sites included:

n Twenty hectares of land at Three Mile Cross Farm, Preston Road, Grimsargh, for housing and light industry, and a further 0.93 hectares adjoining Longridge Road and Three Mile Cross Farm, at the rear of nos 272-278 Longridge Road, Grimsargh for housing.

n Twenty-one hectares of land at Wood Top Farm, Grimsargh, for housing.

n Land (1.39 hectares) north of Preston Road, Grimsargh, for housing.

n Land (six hectares) north of Langden Fold – east of Yew Tree Avenue, Grimsargh, for housing.

n Land (0.9 hectares) south of Old Rib Farm, Halfpenny Lane, Longridge, for housing.

n Land (1.38 hectares) at the former Poultry Factory, off Green Nook Lane, Longridge, for housing.

n Land (0.32 hectares) at the rear of 34 Halfpenny Lane, Longridge, for housing.

n Twenty-seven hectares of land east of Garstang Road and south of Whittingham Lane, Broughton, for housing.

n The Lancashire Fire and Rescue HQ, Garstang Road, Broughton, – 1.5 hectares of land for housing.

All these sites are extra to those already commented on earlier this year, and Preston Council is currently carrying out detailed assessment of all the sites for Preston suggested so far for possible inclusion in the LDF, and a spokesman said these latest ones will now undergo the same process.

The public, however, will not have the opportunity to comment on these latest suggestions until the LDF reaches the ‘preferred options’ stage of the site allocations for Preston, which has suffered some setbacks due to a delay with the Central Lancashire Core Strategy.

This was held up after a planning inspector at the Core Strategy public examination in July decided it had not achieved ‘soundness’ in respect of housing policies and could, therefore, not be recommended for adoption without some changes being made.

Preston, South Ribble and Chorley councils, who are involved in the CLCS, are currently considering the inspector’s recommendations, but this delay has had an effect on the second sites for Preston consultation, specifically in terms of the amount of land required for future housing development and the location of this land.

A spokesman for Preston Council said: “We are doing detailed assessments of all the sites suggested, including the new ones and the council will decide which are the ‘preferred sites’ and will then have a further consultation,” adding that he now expected this to be next spring.

During the ‘Issues and Options’ stage of the sites suggested for Preston, the council received more than 1,200 comments, and a summary of these comments, by site, is available on the council’s website, as are details of the latest site suggestions.

Once the site allocation plan for Preston is finalised it will identify new housing, employment, retail, leisure and open space.