Preston City Council has published a draft masterplan for a major urban extension with 5,300 new homes and intended to follow garden city principles.
New roads, two new primary schools, a secondary school, a major new urban park, health centre and walking/cycling routes are also proposed for the Broughton, Cottam, Fulwood, Ingol and Tanterton, and Woodplumpton areas.
These areas were identified in the Central Lancashire Core Strategy (CLCS) as a strategic location for significant housing development. Preston and its two neighbouring borough councils, South Ribble and Chorley, formally adopted the CLCS in 2012.
The draft North West Preston masterplan, now subject to formal consultation, is a partnership project involving the city council, Lancashire County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency. The document has been prepared by URS Consultants on behalf of the councils, following extensive consultation with the local community, statutory bodies, landowners and house builders.
A first period of consultation on the draft masterplan runs until 14 February. It will then be followed by a further six-week period for formal representations, which the council expects to commence in early March.
‘This is about building long lasting and sustainable communities, not just houses,’ says Councillor John Swindells, deputy leader of Preston City Council. North West Preston is a key site for future development, he adds. ‘We have to strike the right balance between allowing new homes to be built and meeting the needs of the people who will live there’.
Transport, health, education and access to green space all have to be factored in, Swindells says. ‘The draft masterplan does this and its garden city vision is a very interesting and exciting concept.’
The 44-page document sets out the phasing of the new development and highlights the energy efficiency of the new homes, 30 per cent of which will be ‘affordable’. Its publication follows an admission last month by communities secretary Eric Pickles that the government would like to build ‘a garden city or two’ in the southeast of England.
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