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Homes plan is ‘dangerous’

Public enquiry at Wesham Community centre regarding plans to build 100 homes on Mowbreck Lane, Wesham.

Public enquiry at Wesham Community centre regarding plans to build 100 homes on Mowbreck Lane, Wesham.

BUILDING 100 homes on Fylde countryside would be dangerous, neighbours claim.

On the second day of a public inquiry over the development on Mowbreck Lane, Wesham, residents took to the floor to try to persuade planning inspector Clive Sproule to reject an appeal by developer Metacre Ltd.

Speaking at the hearing at Wesham Community centre, Lesley Parkinson, who lives on Mowbreck Lane, said she was “very angry” at having to attend a second planning appeal involving Metacre, which has already had an appeal rejected for 260 homes on the same site.

She accused the developer of using its current application to get its foot in the door for a larger development.

Mrs Parkinson said: “The original application was rejected at the highest level, and this is just the first stage in order to achieve the original attempt by splitting it into smaller parts. This opens the way to encroach further and further into our green land.

“The motive for this is simply profit.

“It is the thin end of a very nasty and dangerous wedge.”

Jayne Stackhouse, daughter of David Pickervance who owns Mowbreck Hall Farm on Mowbreck Lane, said she was worried about the effect new families in the area would have on her family’s business.

She said: “There is open marsh land and fishing pits, and during the holidays, particular in spring and summer, children trespass in areas of unseen dangers.”

Representing Metacre for the four-day inquiry, Roger Lancaster dismissed the residents’ views.

He said the safety issues at the farm were not a valid reason to dismiss the appeal.

The hearing previously heard how Fylde Council had to withdraw its objection to the plan as it could not prove it had enough homes in the borough for future requirements.

 

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