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Delay called for on Moss homes plans

Land near Moss House Road where the new houses will be built.

Land near Moss House Road where the new houses will be built.

Councillors on Blackpool’s planning committee will be asked today to defer a decision on the finer details of a scheme to build nearly 600 homes in Marton.

Kensington Developments Ltd has permission to built up to 584 flats and houses on Moss House Road in a development that will also boast public open space and a village retail unit.

The developer has an agreement with Blackpool Council to pay £9m towards affordable housing in the town, and an application to rescind the £9m agreement has been denied.

Lytham-based Kensington has taken the decision to appeal, which is due to be heard on January 7.

Today, the council is expected to approve reserved matters on the application, including the scheme’s layout, scale, appearance and landscaping.

Angelia Hinds, from Save Our Moss, said: “The result of the appeal, whichever way it goes, could have a huge impact on this development.

“What we want is for the council to defer this item until the appeal decision.

“Blackpool is going to lose out. We’re not going to get this money anywhere else and we need more affordable housing and inner city regeneration.”

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden is also calling on the committee to delay making a decision.

He said: “Most ordinary people would think it very strange that the planning department is trying to ram this application through before all the arguments have been put for the appeal.

“This money is crucial to the development of affordable houses in Blackpool.”

Coun Christine Wright, vice-chariman of the planning committee, said people’s comments at the meeting would be listened to and considered.

She added: “Like anything in the council, this meeting will follow its course.

“One thing about planning is that it is not whipped, so people will vote as they want to based on what they hear on the day.”

The planning committee meets at Blackpool Town Hall at 5pm.

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