Growth target for homes firm

An artist's impression of the proposed Hollies development and (below) Sean O'Toole (left) with Commercial Director Steve Speight.

An artist's impression of the proposed Hollies development and (below) Sean O'Toole (left) with Commercial Director Steve Speight.

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PLANS to demolish a petrol station and build new homes are finally set to begin after months of delays.

Poulton-based housebuilder James Carter Homes has now acquired the former Singelton Service Station, on Station Road, in the village.

Sean O'Toole (left) with Commercial Director Steve Speight.

Sean O'Toole (left) with Commercial Director Steve Speight.

Demolition work is set to commence in the next few weeks, the company said today. Two new properties, known as The Hollies, will be built there.

It comes as bosses at the firm, which is now three years old, spoke today of ambitious plans for the future, after announcing it was selling well on developments across the Fylde coast – and had seen an upturn in the market since the start of 2013.

Managing director Sean O’Toole said the firm was pushing towards quick growth an curcurrently has 24 plots contracted.

“We want to be building up to 100 houses a year,” he said, adding it would be “in the next five to seven years to get up to those levels.”

Sales director John Neary said: “We are selling well on all our developments along the Fylde coast and are well ahead of our sales targets.

“There has been an upturn in the market since the new year and you can see wherever you look sold signs on properties all over the area.”

He said he believed the firm’s success was down to “thoughtful designs” and value for money.

Planning permission to demolish the Singleton station and build the two new five-bedroomed homes in its place was given by Fylde Council planning chiefs last week.

The delay on the project was down to changes in planning rules. Recent changes mean small rural developments are no longer included in section 106 contribution agreements.

Bosses at James Carter Home said the new development was rare because it lies within the Singleton Conservation Area.

Mr O’Toole added the new properties would be of a very high standard and in-keeping with the village.

He said: “My philosophy has always been to build good quality homes.”

Mr Neary said: “We are sure that residents of this most English of English villages... will be only too pleased to see family homes replacing a former garage site.”

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