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Giant site rebirth gets planning nod

The former DWP site at Norcross and (below) Coun Penny Martin.

The former DWP site at Norcross and (below) Coun Penny Martin.

Proposals to convert a former Government site into homes and a supermarket have been given the green light.

Telereal Trillium has been given permission by Wyre Council’s planning committee to convert the former Department for Work and Pensions site, in Norcross, into the new space and create jobs in the process.

The proposals, which were first announced in January last year, include five hectares of residential development which is expected to be 170 homes, a 40,000 square foot supermarket a sheltered housing scheme and nearly three hectares of employment land.

A spokesperson for Telereal Trillium said: “We are looking to bring the site back into productive use as quickly as possible to provide jobs and homes and will continue to work with the Council and the local community.”

The site will continue to be an employment location, with 840 jobs in Clarke and Tomlinson House remaining as well as the potential new jobs in the 2.8 hectares of employment land in the new scheme.

The decision to give the development the go ahead was taken at the planning committee’s meeting on Wednesday at Poulton Civic Centre.

However, the council’s Labout group leader, Coun Penny Martin, says the site is unsuitable and will lead to more congestion on the A585.

She said: “Wyre needs homes and Wyre needs jobs but the right homes and the right jobs.

“If we don’t get this right we could be paying the price for years to come.”

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