Gearing up for new battle over homes

The land on Wildings Lane and (below) Coun Karen Buckley.

The land on Wildings Lane and (below) Coun Karen Buckley.

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RESIDENTS are gearing up to battle developers threatening to expand a controversial housing estate.

It is less than two months since Kensington Developments won the long-running battle to build more than 1,000 homes on land off Queensway – and now another developer wants a piece of the countryside nearby.

Coun Karen Buckley

Coun Karen Buckley

Ideal Solutions has submitted an application to build 66 homes on the site of Valentines Kennels, on Wildings Lane – a biological heritage site bordered on three sides by the Queensway development.

The Bolton firm is acting as a liquidator for St Annes-based Rushcliffe Properties, and the application has left local residents – who fought for years against the Queensway plans “dismayed”.

Fylde councillor Karen Buckley lives on Wildings Lane and has successfully fought plans previously.

She said: “My reaction is complete and utter dismay.

“The concerns of the residents are access down this road because there has never been any access for cars beyond the houses, as soon as you go into the fields it is a bridleway and people walk down there.”

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Rushcliffe Properties was the last firm to apply to build on the site back in 2009, and as the company is now in liquidation Ideal Solution has lodged the latest plans in an attempt to maximise revenue for the land.

Rushcliffe had permission to demolish the kennels and build one home on the land, but an application by the firm for eight homes was refused following an appeal in 2001.

In a planning statement Ideal Solutions said the site was allocated as a Countryside Area where “residential development of the type proposed would not normally be accepted” but “with the grant of planning for the Queensway development no weight can be given to that allocation in respect of Wildings Lane.”

It adds the development would be a “logical rounding off” of the Queensway development.

Heyhouses ward councillor Barbara Nash will represent local residents when St Annes Town Council discusses the application today, and said: “I have been approached by a few residents from Wildings Lane and they are absolutely against it.”

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