Preston approves 350 homes and senior living

October 1, 2021

Three housing developments and two care-focused projects have been approved, although Wainhomes’ 81-home application in Broughton was refused in line with the officer recommendation.

Nod for Grimsargh retirement village 

The two care schemes considered at Preston City Council’s planning committee on 30 September are adjacent to each other and are both advanced by Eric Wright subsidiary Applethwaite.

The first, larger proposal is a reserved matters application for an older persons’ village off Preston Road, Grimsargh. Outline consent already had been secured. IBI is the architect.

Advised by planner Smith & Love, Applethwaite has mapped out a development comprising a 60-bed care home, 60 apartments in a single block – 41 one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom – and 20 bungalows. The development also includes a surgery and associated landscaping and open space.

Preston City Council’s planning committee approved this, along with a second proposal for an adjoining plot, where Applethwaite intends to build out a 30-bedroom extra care facility.

Perrys Motor Village revamp

MCI Developments, part of national housebuilder Keepmoat, has secured consent for 39 dwellings and 16 maisonettes at the former Perrys Motor Village on Blackpool Road. The developer is working in partnership with SDG (Preston), part of the Scarborough Group.

Advised by Satplan, MCI has secured a consent dependent on the delivery of affordable housing on-site, and that agreement is to be concluded by 5 November.

Formerly home to a car showroom, the triangular site has been disused for five years. The plan was due to go before August’s committee before the applicant asked for a deferral while the layout was altered.

Ingol Golf Club homes

Reserved matters approval was secured at the meeting by Fellows Homes and Cleator Manor for 50 homes on Plot H at Ingol Golf Club. The was site once linked to plans of Preston North End to fund a training ground on part of the site by selling off housing plots first, a project nixed by the club’s buying of a site in Euxton. The developers are working with LMP Architects.

Hollins Lower Bartle plans

The largest single project at September’s committee was a hybrid application from Hollins Homes. Advised by Sedgwick Associates, the firm sought outline consent for 195 homes and full consent for 55 homes on a site in Lower Bartle.

Approval was granted, subject to agreement being completed on the provision of 30% affordable housing and a contribution to the East-West Preston Link Road.

Not all good news for developers

Wainhomes, advised by Emery Planning, hoped for success with its outline plans for 81 homes off Whittingham Lane and James Towers Way in Broughton.

The planning committee voted in line with the refusal recommended by officers, who had reached that verdict on the grounds that the two fields concerned are classed as open countryside, sitting outside the defined settlement boundary. As officers noted, “the proposed development would be contrary to the hierarchy of locations for focussing growth”.