A total of 73 properties were planned to be built on the site of the former Perrys Motor Village on Blackpool Road in Ribbleton – 30 of which were to be apartments in a three-story building.

However, as the Post revealed in August, the company behind the request asked the Preston City Council planning committee at the last minute to postpone its decision on the development – due to the difficulty of find a registered supplier (RP) willing to operate a property of this size.

Members were told concerns had been raised “in the wake of the Grenfell fire” – and were told it was likely the top floor of the block would be removed as a result. But when a redesigned proposal was presented to the committee this week, it emerged that the apartment element of the program had been scrapped altogether and replaced with playhouses.

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Councilors unanimously approved the smaller development, which will now offer 55 units on land derelict since the car sales business moved in 2016.

Committee member Jennifer Mein said it was “fantastic that something is actually being built there after all these years.”

“It’s not a pretty entrance to Preston and it’s a very busy road so it will be good to see homes for families there,” she added.

The triangular-shaped land will eventually be occupied by 24 two-bedroom houses, 15 three-bedroom properties and 16 one-bedroom maisonettes.

While all homes will fall into the affordable category, the split of occupancy time between those available for sale and those for rent will not be known until a PR has been appointed – but at least 12 d ‘between them will be at affordable rent in order to match a policy requirement across central Lancashire.

Planning officer Robert Major said it was a “big positive” that the estate’s pedestrian access to Emerson Road had been secured. However, the meeting learned that attempts to incorporate a plot of land on this road into the proposed development had been unsuccessful.

Committee Chairman Peter Moss praised the overall plan – by MCI Developments Limited SDG (Preston) Limited – to be on a ‘brownfield site, [in] a sustainable and 100 percent affordable location ”.

“It is easy to [develop] a green field, but these are the sites that are much more difficult to promote, ”he said.

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