Homes bid for pig farm

This stie, off Garstang Road, Bowgreave, could be used to build 30 new homes.

This stie, off Garstang Road, Bowgreave, could be used to build 30 new homes.

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A single farmhouse at a pig processing business could be replaced by 30 new homes.

An outline planning application has been submitted to Wyre Council by developers Baxter Homes of Kirkham to build the residences on the prime rural site at Bowgreave House Farm off Garstang Road, Bowgreave, near Garstang.

The site is currently home to the long established Pugh’s Piglets, suppliers of speciality pork products, run by Gillian, Barry and Richard Pugh.

Neighbours were advised of the proposed development by Wyre Council last week and have until February 11 to send in comments.

David Walker, the developer’s spokesman of Landmark Property Consultants, said it is anticipated that if approval is gained the pork processing business will relocate to modern industrial premises in north Garstang, the farmhouse and processing units will be demolished and 25 detached houses and five affordable social housing properties built.

Already objections have been made to the council, with one person claiming that Bowgreave is in danger of being ruined.

The resident stated: “The free-for-all in Bowgreave cannot continue unchecked. What makes Bowgreave Bowgreave will soon be completely ruined unless steps are taken to protect it.”

As well as concerns about development “overkill”, road safety and flooding fears were outlined, and concerns raised that any gap between Bowgreave and Garstang is going to be swallowed up by new development.

Another couple objected to the access proposals.

They noted it would mean more vehicles at a point where traffic already comes to a standstill at the end of each school day and on an accident prone stretch of road.

The proposed site neighbours Garstang Country Club and golf course and houses which front the main road into the town.