Kirkham homes bid refused

Kirkham councillors Elaine Silverwood (left) and Liz Oades look at the Bloor Homes plans at an earlier meeting.

Kirkham councillors Elaine Silverwood (left) and Liz Oades look at the Bloor Homes plans at an earlier meeting.

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PLANS to build up to 320 homes on a ‘dangerous’ road sparked a massive debate among councillors and residents.

Although unanimously agreeing to reject two separate planning applications for developments at Little Tarnbrick Farm on Blackpool Road, Kirkham, councillors on Fylde Council’s Development Management Committee spent almost two hours detailing why they were against the proposals.

Developer Bloor Homes wants to build 140 homes on the site, and immediately next door Gladman Developments Limited wants to build a further 180 houses.

Residents living near to the sites were keen to stress they were not against development in Kirkham, they just didn’t feel the houses would benefit the town as it was outside of the settlement area.

Ron Matthews, who lives on nearby St George’s Park, added: “Blackpool Road is one of the most dangerous roads in the county, and to walk down that bypass is exceedingly dangerous.”

Kirkham resident Jayne Ashley said the road had a notorious history of accidents.

Paul Smith, agent for Bloor Homes, said the firm’s development could be made sustainable with the right highways improvement.

He added: “That there is a significant shortfall in new housing in the borough compared to targets is well known and accepted.”

On the committee, Coun Liz Oades, councillor for Kirkham, said: “We have less than half the open space a town of our size should have because it has been built on, and this area is outside the settlement boundary. It should never be built on.”

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