Homes plan sparks anger

Field at Richmond Avenue in Wrea Green were housing is being proposed.
Field at Richmond Avenue in Wrea Green were housing is being proposed.
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PLANS for a new housing development in a Fylde village have been described as going against “everything Wrea Green stands for”.

The scheme for 55 new homes on land off Richmond Avenue were being discussed during a meeting of the Ribby with Wrea Parish Council at Wrea Green Institute last night.

And councillors at the meeting voted to object to the plans on the grounds they would have a detrimental effect on highways and education in the area, when they go before Fylde Council planning chiefs.

Coun John Molyneau said the proposal went against “everything that Wrea Green stands for”.

The meeting was told Save Wrea Green Action Group (SWAG) had gathered 176 signatures for a petition opposing the proposed development.

And group member John Rowson claimed the proposal breached 32 of Fylde Council’s planning policies.

He added: “I think it fails on all counts, it really shouldn’t be entertained.

“There are 50 houses for sale in Wrea Green so I don’t see the need for it.”

One of the main areas of objection to the plans was the lack of parking.

Mr Rowson added: “How do you get an ambulance through there if there are parked cars around?”

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Another SWAG member Liz Rugman spoke about the environmental impact the proposed development could have, claiming it would compound a sewage problem which already exists in the village.

She also commented on the unfeasibility of the development’s car parking plans, adding: “The police have suggested painting double yellow lines but that is unfair and unreasonable.

“It will merely move parked vehicles away from the estate and cause more problems for everyone.

“This application is flawed.”

Chairman of the council, Coun Janet Ward lives close to the proposed land.

She said: “My back garden regularly floods and the smell which comes up is unbelievable. As far as I’m concerned the sewage there is dreadful and they can’t cope with the houses there at the moment.”

The council unanimously voted to oppose the scheme when it goes before borough planners.

Members also decided to object on the grounds that 17 affordable houses planned as part of the scheme were not needed in a village with an ageing population.

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