Green light for new homes in grounds of historic house

PWA Planning has helped secure approval for a development of six new homes in the grounds of a historic house in Broughton, North Preston.

The scheme will see the main house, known as The Grange, retained while several outbuildings will make way for six new homes.

A previous application to build eight homes on the site in D’urton Lane would have seen the main house, built around 1840, demolished. This was rejected in March 2016 and subsequently dismissed at appeal due to heritage concerns.

PWA Planning was brought on board by the landowner to find a new solution for the site and worked with architecture practice Stanton Andrews to submit the latest scheme.

Louise Leyland, associate at PWA Planning, said: “While the house and its outbuildings are not designated heritage assets, the site was considered to have heritage value because of the historical architecture and its contribution to the character of the area.

“We worked proactively with the planning authority, our client, and the architect to come up with a scheme that could provide new homes on the site and satisfy any heritage issues by retaining the main house.”

The development will see the creation of two ‘gatehouse’ style homes upon entrance to the 1.29 acre-site and then a private driveway leading to four large mews-style homes arranged around a courtyard.

Charles Stanton, director at Stanton Andrews, said: “When we visited the site, we had some sympathy with the position adopted by the local authority. Over the years the house had morphed into a sprawling collection of extensions and outbuildings but at its heart was a property which had some charm.

“In our proposal, we stripped the main house back to its core arrangement and details from the main house have been incorporated in to the design of all the new homes.”