Planning consent for homes in Preston

PWA Planning has helped secure planning permission for a third phase of affordable homes on a former industrial site in Preston have been approved.

Working on behalf of residential developer Mulbury, the practice helped the company win permission to build 34 new homes at a site in Geoffrey Street, Ribbleton, on behalf of Adactus Housing Group.

Two earlier phases of development on the site, which lies next to the New Hall Lane gateway into the city, have already delivered 119 homes. The latest phase includes 24 houses and 10 apartments and will take the total number of homes on the site to 153.

PWA Planning also worked with the developer on phases one and two of the scheme.

Greg Mulligan, a director of Mulbury, said: “Over the last three years we’ve been clearing this site of dilapidated and dangerous buildings that were a legacy from the city’s industrial past. In their place, we’ve created a new community for this part of Preston.

“This is the final piece in the jigsaw for this significant regeneration project. We’re proud to have worked in partnership with Adactus to deliver these much-needed affordable family homes.”

Emily Robinson, senior planner at PWA Planning, said: “We’ve been involved in all three phases of this scheme. It’s been one of the most technically challenging projects we’ve worked on, involving a vast number of stakeholders. Like Mulbury, we’ve relished the challenge of delivering quality homes for a site that many other developers had shied away from.”

Garnet Fazackerley, operations director of development at Adactus Housing Group, said: “This is the third and final phase of a great partnership to deliver more high quality, affordable homes for rent and sale in Preston. It’s been a positive experience working with both Mulbury and the HCA on this development. Over three years we have managed to make a huge contribution to the regeneration of this area of Preston.”

Planning consent was granted for 51 homes at the site in June 2014 and a further 68 units on another part of the site in September 2015. Both phases of development are now providing much-needed affordable housing with the second phase completing fully in 2018.

In March 2015, Mulbury gained planning approval for 70 extra-care apartments at the site. However, subsequent changes to the funding regime for extra-care schemes meant it did not progress, leading to the latest application for a third phase of housing.