Builders, leave space alone

Residents around the property at 65 Blackpool Old Road in Poulton are protesting against plans to demolish the existing house and replace it with a group of five homes. Residents gather outside the controversial property.

Residents around the property at 65 Blackpool Old Road in Poulton are protesting against plans to demolish the existing house and replace it with a group of five homes. Residents gather outside the controversial property.

14
Have your say

Residents are today making a passionate plea to builders to leave their green space alone.

It comes as Kirkham-based developer Baxter Homes awaits planning permission from Wyre Council to demolish a bungalow and build five houses on grassland on Blackpool Old Road, Poulton.

Jeannie Shaw lives next to the proposed site and has labelled the application as “absolutely outrageous”.

She said: “We have already lost three gardens in Poulton to developers, and we are fighting this application.

“This is a great local neighbourhood green space that we all share, and we don’t want to see five houses, with gardens, cramped together on it.”

Mrs Shaw and her neighbours have delivered 90 leaflets to people living in the area, and have spoken to around 50 people about their objection to the plans.

She added: “These plans are absolutely outrageous, and we need people who agree with us to write to the council with their objections.”

In a statement, other residents on Blackpool Old Road said: “[We] preserve the very quiet and peaceful residential area which enjoys a large degree of privacy, on the stretch of Blackpool Old Road leading up to the bustling town centre of Poulton.

“The open garden aspect at the rear of the properties is an asset to be enjoyed by the communities of Blackpool Old Road, Ryland and Rutland Avenue and Rivington Close.

“The residents also object to the demolition of a substantial, original 1920s bungalow to fully access the garden.

“We would like to see an end to so-called ‘garden grabbing’.”

The residents said they also had safety concerns over the increasing number of vehicles using Blackpool Old Road, especially during rush hour.

In its application to the council, Baxter Homes says: “The application site is probably the largest, single dwelling plot in the area.

“To make the best and most efficient use of the land in this very sustainable location, the proposal is for five dwellings which are still considered to maintain the character of the area.

“The proposed dwellings would still enjoy generous plot sizes that are larger than many new build developments in urban areas.”

The deadline to submit comments to the council is Thursday.

No-one was available to comment at Baxter Homes.

Follow us on twitter @The_Gazette and like our page on facebook to keep up with all the latest news.