Villages on the Fylde coast are being put “under pressure” by the Government to allow swathes of new homes to be built, a Conservative councillor has claimed.
Coun Frank Andrews, who represents Ribby with Wrea on Fylde Council, made the comments after developer Redrow announced it is seeking outline planning permission to build 49 new homes at North View Farm, off Ribby Road, Wrea Green.
He said: “Wrea Green is like any other mildly attractive village and it’s very difficult for councils to refuse these applications, every village is under pressure.
“It’s a very difficult time for any desirable area to say no to planning, an extremely
difficult time for councils.
“Most of the blame lies with the Coalition Government and I’m a Conservative councillor.”
Last year saw the Government introduces major changes to the way local authorities deal with planning applications, requiring each council to produce a local plan under the national planning policy framework.
Under Fylde’s local plan, a proposed 6,826 new homes will be built in the borough before 2030. In recent years proposals have been put forward to build six different developments in Wrea Green, one of which has come to fruition.
Coun Andrews said: “This one does aim to fit better with the village’s suburban area so I’ll have to wait and see how people view it.”
A spokesman for Redrow Homes (Lancashire) said: “We have submitted an outline application to Fylde Council seeking permission to build up to 49 homes at North View Farm in Ribby Road, Wrea Green.
“If approved this latest scheme would give buyers a further chance to own a quality built brand new home in this sought-after part of the Fylde.”