Plans unveiled for 140 new homes in Goosnargh

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A planning application to build up to 140 new homes in Goosnargh, Lancashire, has been submitted.

The joint application, made by a local landowner and Preston-based housing provider Community Gateway Association, is being managed by planning consultancy PWA Planning.

The homes, 45 per cent of which will be affordable, would be built on an 8.7-hectare area of land at Bushells Farm off Mill Lane. The site falls outside of the ‘area of separation’ located to the west and south of village.

The masterplan for the site includes several open green spaces, including a formal community green, as well as a new public car park to allow extra parking for the nearby village hall and primary school.

Paul Walton, director at PWA Planning, said: “This scheme would provide a high-quality residential development that would also make an important contribution to the council’s affordable housing provision over the coming years.

“It would also offer benefits to existing residents through improved pedestrian footpaths between the site and the village, enabling village residents to use the new green space and car park.”

Louise Mattinson, executive director of customers and communities at Community Gateway Association, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this development as it provides affordable housing in a popular location where there are few alternative affordable options.

“Being involved in the design and the application means we can provide more affordable housing and homes that are of a suitable size and quality to meet the needs of the local community.”

The proposed homes would all be two-storeys in height and would be built in materials and an architectural style in keeping with existing buildings in the area.

It is expected that a detailed landscape plan would be proposed for the site, consisting of new trees, hedges, shrubs, climbers, bulbs and wildflowers.

The new community car park would be accessed through a one-way access off Church Lane and will lead users back out of the main site access off Mill Lane.

New footpaths and cycle routes within the development will also link to the existing footpath network.

The site falls outside the ‘area of separation’ designation which is located to the west and south of the village. These areas have been identified and designated by Preston City Council, within the adopted Local Plan, to help maintain the openness of the countryside and the quality and distinctiveness of these settlements.

Areas of Separation perform an important function in preventing the merging of individual settlements and retaining their character and identity.