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Homes England wins approval to redevelop former asylum near Preston

Words: Huw Morris
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Homes England has been granted consent for 750 houses on the 48-hectare site of the former Whittingham Asylum near Preston.

The Whittingham Hospital site was built in 1873 and grew to be the largest of its type in Britain, with nearly 3,000 patients.

Around 2.4 hectares will be set aside to help to relocate the Whittingham and Goosnargh Sports and Social Club, while the rest of the project is residential. Another 1.5-hectare plot will be safeguarded for a primary school, while existing buildings on the site, including the grade II-listed St John’s Church, will be converted to residential use.

Around 22 hectares of the masterplan will be used for green space.

At the time of submitting the application, Homes England said the scheme would be phased, with the first batch of 150 homes going out to market in the months after achieving planning consent.

The site was acquired by Homes England as part of its 2005 Hospital Sites Programme, but has not been redeveloped owing to market conditions and infrastructure constraints. The development will require significant infrastructure works including a spine road and the installation of sewerage works.

The outline planning application was put together by Barton Willmore and CampbellReith.

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