City to get 300 family homes

SOME 300 family homes are to be built in a strategic site on the north side of Preston, following an agreement between Story Homes and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The development at Eastway is one of 11 key sites identified as part of the 10-year City Deal signed by Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire Councils in 2013.

Sir Edward Lister, chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “I am really pleased to be at D’Urton Manor because it is such a great example of the Homes and Communities Agency leading the way in driving the delivery of homes on surplus public sector land.

“Working closely with our partners Story Homes and Preston City Council we are turning the plans of the City Deal into the reality of new homes and successful places.”

The site just to the south of the M6/M55 interchange has planning permission to provide 300 family homes which includes 45 affordable homes and a local centre providing shops, a community space and a care facility to complement the new homes.

Fred Story, founder and chairman of Carlisle-based Story, said: “This is a significant development for Story Homes and it will deliver our second scheme in Preston with the HCA and Preston City Council. D’Urton Manor will provide much needed family housing ranging in size from two to five bedroom homes.

“We believe the Story Homes offer is different to that of other developers currently active in the area and we believe our product will be something new, but will be in keeping with the Preston market.”

The development will not only retain existing ponds and trees, but will also create a new road, with a cycleway and improved pedestrian access to ensure that any additional traffic  will not create problems for local residents.

Cllr Peter Rankin, leader of Preston City Council, added: “Building new homes for families and future generations is key to Preston’s future success.

“And this is what City Deal is all about – investing in infrastructure and laying firm foundations for new homes, new jobs and a flourishing Preston and Lancashire economy.
“Story Homes have a fantastic reputation, building award winning homes and we are delighted they are investing in Preston and building new homes for the future.  These really are exciting times for Preston.”