An aerial view showing the proposed layout for the new development.

Housing scheme to breathe new life into former Preston mill site

Published:  14 March, 2014

Plans have been submitted for a £5m housing development that will revitalise the site of a former mill in Preston.

Specialist affordable housing developer Mulbury Homes has put forward plans to turn land off New Hall Lane into 51 modern, energy-efficient homes. Mulbury is delivering the scheme on behalf of Adactus Housing Association, which will make the homes available for shared ownership and rent for local families. Adactus has secured grant funding from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) for the development.

Greg Mulligan, a director at Mulbury Homes, said: “These modern properties will provide much-needed new family housing while at the same time helping to regenerate the local area by revitalising a derelict piece of land. We will continue to consult closely with the community and other local stakeholders to bring this valuable development to fruition.”

Garnet Fazackerley, assistant director of development at Adactus, added: “We are delighted to be working with Mulbury Homes and the HCA on this development. By providing good-quality affordable homes, we aim to make a huge contribution to the regeneration of this area of Preston.”

The new homes will be a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom semi-detached and terraced properties and will meet level three of the Code for Sustainable Homes. They also meet the HCA’s Housing Quality Indicators and are built to Secured by Design principles, which focus on community safety and crime prevention.

The vacant land, between New Hall Lane and Ribbleton Lane, is adjacent to the Tetrad textiles and furniture site. The development is part of a masterplan for the wider area, which could see further residential housing built in the future.

Preston-based consultancy PWA Planning submitted the planning application on behalf of Mulbury Homes and has also been involved in consultations with the local community over the proposals.

Paul Walton, director of PWA Planning, said: “We have organised meetings and engaged with local people and community groups about the plans, and the feedback we have received so far has been very positive. That consultation process will continue. This well-thought out development, with well-designed homes and gardens, will also play a key role in the regeneration of the area.”

The application is due to go to planning committee at the end of April. If approved, work could start on site in June with an anticipated completion date of October 2015.

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