Whittingham Hospital

Our Planning, Masterplanning, Heritage, Architecture and Development Economics teams, working within a wider multi-disciplinary project team, have helped Homes England secure outline planning permission for the development of the former Whittingham Hospital site, to the North East of Preston, to deliver up to 750 homes, a new sports and social club, Primary School, landscape and highway infrastructure. 

The site has been the subject of numerous outline and detailed planning consents over the last three decades that have failed to deliver development. Having concluded that the previously consented masterplan was unviable and unattractive to the market, Homes England appointed our project team to develop a new, deliverable masterplan for the site and obtain an outline planning permission. 

The site presented a number of challenges, including its relationship to neighbouring land uses, an extensive coverage of good quality mature trees, the need for new drainage and utilities infrastructure, the presence of protected species, access and circulation, and the need to accommodate new facilities for Whittingham & Goosnargh Sports & Social Club and a. All of this impacted on the viability of the scheme, requiring consensus to be reached with Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council in relation to a reduced level of affordable housing, education and other planning contributions. 

Project Details

  • 42 hectares
  • Predominantly brownfield former NHS hospital site in a semi-rural location
  • 750 new dwellings
  • New sports and social club for the community
  • New primary school
  • Conversion of Grade II Listed church to residential


Our team advised on an appropriate planning strategy, developed a new site masterplan, provided architectural feasibility advice in relation to the Sports & Social Club, conversion of the Grade II listed church and locally listed lodge on site, undertook extensive pre-application engagement with the City and  County Councils and led the community consultation exercise. The post-submission period required negotiation on a number of fronts with the City Council and various statutory consultees, which culminated in a unanimous planning committee resolution to grant planning permission and successfully negotiated Section 106 agreement. 

Our team has continued to assist Homes England with its Disposal Briefs for the various phases of the site, and has now been appointed by Barratt Homes to support the first reserved matters application for 240 dwellings.