Homes plan for historic mill site

The site for the proposed housing is behind Marsh Mill, Thornton.
The site for the proposed housing is behind Marsh Mill, Thornton.
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Plans for a major residential development at a Fylde coast attraction have been submitted.

Melrose Investments have applied to build 21 houses at Marsh Mill in Thornton, on a site owned by Wyre Council.

If the development is approved money from the sale of the land will be used to renovate the mill.

Once improvement works have been carried out, the council will surrender the maintenance of the historic building to Melrose.

But locals say they have concerns about proposals to build housing on green space.

Howard Phillips, of Thornton Action group, said: “The council says this land is surplus, it is only surplus because they have made it surplus.

“They could have used that lands but have decided not to and it is another bit of green land taken away. I am in favour of affordable housing to help young families live in Thornton.

“But the council only requires 40 per cent of the development be affordable in its conditions of sale and we would like it to be more.”

In its proposal, Melrose Investments, describe the present use of the site as “car parking and overspill land to Marsh Mill village”.

If given the go ahead the development would be a mix of two and three bedroom semi detached properties.

Portfolio manager John Ingham said: “The council will look at our proposals and consider them.

“If we get the go-ahead, the sale of the land will go towards repairing the mill.

“We will then take back the maintenance – which had been leased to Wyre Council.”