Expert claims road will be safer

Public enquiry at Wesham Community centre regarding plans to build 100 homes on Mowbreck Lane, Wesham.

Public enquiry at Wesham Community centre regarding plans to build 100 homes on Mowbreck Lane, Wesham.

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A DEVELOPER who wants to build 100 new homes in a countryside village says the scheme would make roads safer.

That was according to the builder hoping to overturn Fylde Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for the housing on Mowbreck Lane, Wesham.

On day three of a public inquiry which will determine Metacre Ltd’s appeal, the developer began its evidence into how the hew houses will benefit the area.

Expert witness in highways and accessibility, Ian Hughes said if anything, the development would make the roundabout on Fleetwood Road at the top of Wesham more user friendly.

He added: “The roundabout, as a result of the development, will be safer. We are introducing warning signs to slow vehicles down and we are removing vegetation to improve visibility. Of course, we have to trust drivers are going to be doing the speed limit, but that roundabout does not have an accident problem.

“It will be an even safer roundabout than it is already, in the future.”

Mr Hughes said the additional traffic from the new development, if it was approved, would not “significantly impact” the existing traffic coming to and from junction three of the M55.

Residents and councillors argued yesterday the development would impact local cyclists and horse riders, but Mr Hughes dismissed their concerns. He said the roadway would be wider than was legally required, allowing traffic to safely pass them.

The inquiry, which opened at Wesham Community Centre on Tuesday, was expected to last four days, but will now go on until next Thursday.