Fears for village after shops plan agreed

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PLANS for new shops and houses in a Fylde village have been given the go-ahead.

Councillors have approved a scheme for 16 houses and two retail units on the site of the former George’s Garage in Lytham Road, Warton.

Coun Julie Brickles

Coun Julie Brickles

It is hoped the investment could pave the way for a post office to re-open in the village.

Warton councillor Julie Brickles said she had mixed feelings about the development because although she wanted to see investment, she had fears about its impact on existing shops.

She said after the meeting: “I welcome the increase in shops and facilities for the residents of Warton, and I hope to see the reinstatement of the post office in one of the units.

“However I still feel the site is badly placed, and I hope it will not draw its trade away from the village centre, rather than adding to it.”

“Warton lost its post office around a year ago when the owners retired.

“It means residents must now travel to either Lytham or Freckleton to reach a post office.

Coun Ben Aitken, chairman of Fylde Council’s development management committee, said: “The committee approved both the application for homes and for the retail development, which is for two smallish shops.

“It was felt both were appropriate uses for the land.”

Darryl Brooks had lodged two separate applications seeking permission to build shops on the front of the site, and 16 houses on the land behind.

Warton Parish Council had raised no objection to the scheme, but it had attracted criticism from Kirkham and Wesham Business Group, Freckleton Parish Council and Kirkham Town Council, which all believed the development will damage neighbouring village and town centres.

All 16 of the houses will be classed as affordable homes.

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