100-home bid set for approval

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Controversial plans to build 100 homes on fields near a primary school have been recommended for approval by planning chiefs – despite a tide of objection.

Redrow Homes applied to Wyre Council to build a mix of 70 homes and 30 affordable houses on land between Oldfield Carr Lane and Carr Head Lane, close to Carr Head Primary School, Poulton.

And planning bosses have recommended councillors permit the application for the 12-acre site, which would be accessible from Carr Head Lane following the demolition of a home on the road.

But the application has been met with more than 100 letters of objection.

Objectors say should the development go ahead it will have a negative impact on surrounding roads, which they say are already congested.

It has also been said that local amenities, including doctors, dentists and schools would be unable to cope with extra residents and there are no new jobs in the area for people moving in to take up.

Poulton Historical and Civic Society has said it “strongly objects” to the application, based on the effect on highways and transport, and on local nature.

A letter sent to the authority said: “Oldfield Carr Lane – itself virtually single lane – has speed calming bumps and a 20mph speed limit... an indication of the danger from traffic already existing without the addition of cars owned by 100 new households.

“The large scale destruction of habitat caused by building will result in a major loss of wildlife in the area.”

The application says 200 parking spaces will be created on the development.

It also shows where a play area could be built in the north west corner of the site and a pond created, for surface water drainage, in the south east corner.

The application states: “Open space area and play space forms a green network within the development.”

Based on an early assessment Lancashire County Council said it would ask the developers for a contribution for 22 primary school places, of more than £260,000, but for no secondary school places.

Members of Wyre Council’s planning committee will decide on the application at the Civic Centre, Poulton, at 2pm on Wednesday, November 5.