Controversial plans to build 100 homes on a stretch of greenbelt land have been approved.
Action groups had campaigned for the proposal to build houses on the land between Bourne Way and Fleetwood Road North, Thornton, to be thrown out, after raising a raft of concerns.
But councillors on Wyre Council’s planning committee yesterday voted by majority to approve the application from Rowland Homes.
A range of two-storey detached, semi-detached and mews style properties are to be built on the former recreational space.
The plans were approved on the condition that a separate planning application from Fleetwood Town FC, for training facilities, 16 sports pitches, a space for Fleetwood Town’s Community Trust charity and 23 allotments, goes ahead on Poolfoot Farm.
Paul Rowley, managing director of Rowland Homes, said: “We are delighted to have received the support of the planning committee, this will not only provide much needed new homes but also essential for the delivery of the fantastic new sports pitches at Poolfoot Farm.”
Developers hope to have the first phase of homes on the site ready to move into in summer 2015.
Objectors had raised concerns about the impact the development of 100 homes would have on traffic on surrounding roads, especially Fleetwood Road North, potential flooding in the area, the loss of the land for sports and recreation, and the loss of natural habitats.
Thirty letters of objection were sent to Wyre Council about the application.
After the meeting campaigners leaders said they were “disappointed” with the decision and also at not having been able to air concerns in the council chamber.
Pete Ryan, chairman of Thornton Action Group, said: “We weren’t given chance to speak. We knew the development would go through but we wanted to point out that it’s being done with no regard for the traffic on Fleetwood Road North
“There isn’t a path for objection.”
Coun Andrea Kay, councillor for the Cleveleys Park ward on Wyre Council, who joined campaigners against the development, said: “People will be really upset.”