Developer told to give up store fight

A supermarket could be built in Warton.

A supermarket could be built in Warton.

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A DEVELOPER has been told to give up the fight after retuning again with supermarket plans for a Fylde village.

It is the third time Manchester-based Darrell Brooks has applied to build retail units in Warton and the fourth time a supermarket bid has been made for the village after BAE’s bid to create a retail development three years ago.

The same developer is also submitting a new application for 18 homes off Post Lane to the south of the Lytham Road store site, but the area’s biggest business group has warned it will continue to voice its objections amid fears the stores would drag customers away from the high street.

The Kirkham and Wesham Business Group has objected to all the previous applications for the stores on the former George’s Garage site

Group chairman Coun Elaine Silverwood said: “To me it is an out-of-town store which will impact on Freckleton village centre and Kirkham town centre.

“We have always been against out-of-town retail because we have to protect the village centre and high streets, and nothing has changed from the last submission.”

Darrell Brooks’ first application for a 15,000sq ft store was thrown out at appeal, and he took Fylde Council to appeal after they failed to decide his second application, for a 4,000sq ft and 1,000sq ft store, within an appropriate time, although the planning committee ruled it would have refused the plans.

That appeal is due to be heard on September 18, but the application has now been resubmitted and the council said it is considering whether to ask for the appeal to be postponed while the resubmission is considered.

A supporting statement submitted by the applicant states several elements of the scheme are now acceptable to the council and “the site’s location makes it suitable to provide for the surrounding residential community.”

It adds the homes plans would alleviate fears about “piecemeal” development on the site.

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