Plans for 450 new homes in Preston go on display

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Image caption Taylor Wimpey said local residents' views have been taken into account

Revised plans to build 450 homes in Preston have gone on display.

People living opposite the proposed site in Higher Bartle, Lancashire, have said the £42m proposal could lead to traffic problems in the area.

Developers Taylor Wimpey said the details were drawn up after a public consultation with the local community.

It said the new plans include changes to local roads, creating more public car parking, new shops, community facilities and two village greens.

Taylor Wimpey is also in ongoing discussions with local bus companies to make sure the site is fully accessible by public transport.

'Children's future'

Katherine Healey, who lives on nearby Hoyles Lane, said the plans involve building on a rural area.

"I believe it will cause a lot of problems in the area, the amount of houses they wish to build and only one parking spot per person, because the government want to promote people not having cars.

"However, there are no transport links here, there is a bus only every two hours into Preston, if people are not to have cars, how are they to get to work when they live in a rural community?"

"We've got to consider our children's future."

A Taylor Wimpey spokesperson said: "We have now reviewed all the feedback and used this to develop our draft proposals. Our plans represent substantial investment in the area, but we want to know what local people think about our designs.

"We remain committed to engaging with the community and hope local people will join us at our exhibition to see how the plans have evolved."

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