New Hall Lane

Project overview

Client: Mulbury and Adactus Housing Group
Location: Preston, Lancashire
Sector: Affordable housing
Project status: Planning approved

PWA Planning provided planning advice over a period of five years to help bring forward residential development in three separate phases on an extremely challenging former cotton manufacturing site.

What we did

Together the three phases of development, on the site of three derelict cotton mills in the St Matthews area of the city, have provided 150 much-needed new affordable homes in Preston.

There were numerous obstacles to overcome throughout each of the three phases. These planning and technical constraints included contaminated land and ‘hazard zones’ associated with former gas storage facilities. Alongside the technical difficulties, planning permission needed to be delivered in a very limited timeframe to ensure that funding remained available to deliver the development.

During the final phase of development, we also acted to quickly to prevent an 11th hour attempt to have part of one of the former mill structures listed as a heritage asset – a move which would have prevented development.

This work included instructing a local heritage consultant to prepare a rebuttal which was submitted to Historic England. We also contacted local ward councilors, informing them that a listing could have precluded the proposed affordable residential redevelopment and would, at best, result in significant delays to redevelopment of any kind.

Throughout each stage, the PWA team worked closely with officers at Preston City Council to overcome detailed technical issues and ensure planning permission was granted ahead of time. Subsequent management of legal agreements, community infrastructure levy (CIL) exemptions and planning conditions meant development could commence before funding deadlines.

What our client said

“PWA continues to provide an exceptionally professional service while understanding the needs and values of our business and the commercial implications that the planning process has for any developer.”

Greg Mulligan, director, Mulbury