Wetlands plans are back on the table

Lindsay Philipson
Lindsay Philipson
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Plans aimed at securing the future of a wetland nature area are back on the table.

Villagers were left disappointed when an application to build 12 homes on land off Preston Road in Grimsargh was thrown out last year.

United Utilities had applied to build the homes, which supporters said would have preserved former reservoirs, but the plans were thrown out by Preston Council’s planning committee over fears of a lack of affordable housing on site.

Now the application has been resubmitted for the four and five-bedroomed homes, and an appeal has also been lodged against the previous decision, which was against the recommendation of officers.

A spokesman for United Utilities said: “We are resubmitting the planning application, as we feel it deserves a second hearing.

“There was a lot of local disappointment when the previous application was rejected, as it was felt by many to be a missed opportunity to secure the long-term future of the site. The application also includes contributions to off-site affordable housing, the Community Infrastructure Levy and public transport improvements – all standing to benefit the community.”

A planning statement said United Utilities was hoping 
to protect the future of the 
reservoirs, and so a small portion of the site was to be developed.

Lindsay Philipson, chairman of the parish council (pictured) said the group had delivered fliers to every home in the village, encouraging people to support the plans.

She said: “We were crestfallen with the previous decision.

“After three years of hard work, working in partnership with United Utilities to get to this point, for it to be refused was dreadful.”