Fresh push for massive homes plan

The area of Whyndyke Farm where houses could be built.
The area of Whyndyke Farm where houses could be built.
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Proposals for “a new town” on the edge of Blackpool have taken a big step forward after developers submitted updated plans for the scheme for 1,500 new homes on land at Whyndyke Farm.

The massive project, which also includes a new school, a village hall, shops, commercial space which could attract up to 2,000 jobs, and a health centre on land adjacent to Preston New Road, has been on the cards since 2011.

But it has been held back by concerns over the infrastructure required to sustain the development, which straddles land in both Blackpool and neighbouring Fylde Council’s boundaries.

Now architects Cassidy and Ashton have submitted a fresh planning brief which they say demonstrates “the proposed development will provide a truly sustainable urban extension.”

It adds: “In doing so, it will provide significant benefits to both the immediate area and wider locality including the provision of a wide choice of housing and employment land together with an array of local community facilities.”

Issues addressed include transport and drainage, with the brief saying the scheme will incorporate a series of highway measures to ensure traffic can be accommodated on existing roads.

The developer says talks have been held with water company United Utilities and the Environment Agency and have concluded “the development will not result in existing water infrastructure being compromised.”

The scheme, if it gets the go ahead, will see housing dominate the northern part of the site with the employment area created alongside the M55 

Community facilities would include shops, financial services and cafes plus a village hall with space for 
indoor activities, a two-form entry primary school and a health centre.

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) supports the application because it would prefer to see land on the urban fringe developed rather than open countryside.

CPRE Fylde District Group secretary John Westmoreland said: “Although it would mean use of some greenfield sites, concentrating new housing and further employment at this potentially highly-sustainable location is to be preferred, rather than loss of rural countryside and farmland and over-development of rural communities.”