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Controversial plans to build 100 homes on a greenfield site have been recommended for approval by planning bosses.

Hundreds of people who use Bourne Way playing fields in Thornton, from football teams to dog walkers, gathered on the fields to protest against plans to build homes on the land.
Protesters gather with local councillors Andrea Kay (left) and Penny Martin, who have put aside their political differences to join forces on the campaign.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
1-8-2013

Hundreds of people who use Bourne Way playing fields in Thornton, from football teams to dog walkers, gathered on the fields to protest against plans to build homes on the land. Protesters gather with local councillors Andrea Kay (left) and Penny Martin, who have put aside their political differences to join forces on the campaign. PIC BY ROB LOCK 1-8-2013

D-day looming in homes plan controversy

Wyre Council’s planning committee is set to meet on Wednesday to discuss the proposals to build properties off Bourne Way in Thornton.

And planning experts have recommended the planning application by Rowland Homes for the range of two-storey detached, semi-detached and mews style properties be passed.

The report concludes: “The proposal is for 100 dwellings of which 10 per cent will be affordable dwellings, and is to be built on recreational open space of which alternative space has been identified and accepted as being a qualitative and quantitive replacement.

“Given that viability is a planning consideration the proposal is on balance considered to be acceptable.”

While the area is cited in the council’s local plan as recreational open space, an alternative open space has been offered to “mitigate against the loss at this site”, the report says.

The application is dependent on a separate planning proposal, on nearby Poolfoot Farm, to go ahead having been approved, in order to have alternative recreational space in the neighbourhood.

Fleetwood Town Football Clubs plans to have a community complex, training facilities, 16 sports pitches and 23 allotments built on Poolfoot Farm.

The planning committee will meet at the Civic Centre, on Breck Road, Poulton, at 2pm on September 3.

Ward councillors for neighbourhoods close to the proposed Bourne Way development have been vocal in their opposition to the plans. Coun Penny Martin and Coun Andrea Kay voiced the concerns of residents. A Wyre Council report has said 30 letters of objection were received, outlining concerns about an increase of traffic and loss of a green space, as well as reports of wildlife on the greenfield site and saying a brownfield site should be found.

 

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