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Extra traffic fears in homes plan fight

Residents are concerned over the impact on traffic if plans for 165 new homes in Thornton are given the go ahead.

Residents are concerned over the impact on traffic if plans for 165 new homes in Thornton are given the go ahead.

Residents who fear extra traffic from 165 new homes planned in Thornton would bring roads to a standstill have warned the problems are only just beginning.

Plans have been submitted for the development on land off Lambs Road, prompting concern from residents who live nearby.

But campaigners warn the “piecemeal” development in Thornton is set to continue as the land is part of a larger area that has previously been earmarked by Wyre Council for 900 homes over the next 16 years.

Howard Philips, vice chairman of Thornton Action Group, said their meeting this week had to be moved to a larger room after dozens of concerned residents turned up to discuss the plans.

He added: “This is only the latest round of development and each time nothing has been done to improve the traffic on Amounderness Way.

“It’s the sort of piecemeal development we’ve had here for 20 years or more.”

He said if the plans submitted this month on behalf of Wainhomes get the go ahead, it will worsen traffic problems around the River Wyre pub.

Lambs Road resident Chris Shorley, who runs a publishing firm in Blackpool, said: “Road safety is paramount – the roads won’t take the extra cars if we end up with 900 homes being built.”

He also said he was concerned about the risk of flooding if the land is used for development.

He added: “There was a big turnout at TAG’s meeting and most of the people were asking how to object. If enough people object I don’t see how this can go through.”

Another meeting, hosted by local residents concerned by the application was due to take place last night.

Consultation is open on the plans, which are on Wyre Council’s website, and councillors will consider the views put forward before deciding whether to grant permission.

 

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