‘Facts out of date’ over housing plan

Coun Liz Oades shows Gladman's consultation document to residents at a town council meeting last week.

Coun Liz Oades shows Gladman's consultation document to residents at a town council meeting last week.

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A DEVELOPER has been blasted for “misleading” residents over controversial new housing plans.

Kirkham councillors are desperate to stop new homes being built to the west of the town’s by-pass - and now they have accused a company of using out of date statistics in a bid to convince residents up to 180 homes should get the go-ahead on the land.

Gladman’s claim Fylde Council only has a 1.4 year supply of housing and needs to build 600 affordable homes has been rubbished by Coun Liz Oades who, backed by council planners, said a leaflet sent by the firm to residents used inaccurate, old data.

She added: “Residents will be getting these through their doors and there are facts in there which are inaccurate.

“I just want to make residents aware statements within the document are inaccurate, or they may think the development is a fait acomplis.”

The document states the council has “recently identified (it) can only provide enough land equivalent to 1.4 years supply” and that the council “has also undertaken a study which shows there is an annual need of some 600 affordable homes for local people throughout the borough.”

When contacted by The Gazette, a spokesman for Gladman stood by the figures.

But Coun Oades said: “That’s not right - we’ve identified the equivalent of 2.8 years and, with planning applications in the pipeline, if they are approved we will manage to achieve a five year supply which is the Government requirement.

“And there is actually a need for 162 affordable homes per annum and the majority of these are in Lytham and St Annes, not Kirkham.”

The council has backed Coun Oades, and a spokesman said Gladman’s figures for housing land supply dated back to March 2011 - with an up-to-date document produced in March 2012.

A spokesman for Gladman defended its document and said: “The Government agenda is firmly stated as requiring councils to significantly boost the delivery of housing.

“Fylde Council is short of the Government’s minimum required five year rolling supply of housing land and in these circumstances councils should approve without delay planning applications for homes in sustainable areas.”

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