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AFC Fylde Stadium plans

AFC Fylde Stadium plans

A councillor is urging people in Wesham to make their views known on two major proposed developments in the town before it’s too late.

Coun Linda Nulty has made the plea as the end of consultations for AFC Fylde’s planned new village, and 164 homes off Mowbreck Lane, approaches.

Coun Nulty says she is “concerned” about rural Fylde losing countryside if both developments get the green light.

Today is the last day for neighbours to put forward their views about the proposed Mowbreck Lane development, while this Friday sees the consultation period for AFC Fylde’s mooted new development at land of Fleetwood Road come to an end.

The Mowbreck Lane consultation relates to 164 homes on top of 100 the developer already has permission for on the site.

Coun Nulty said: “In the New Year we’re facing a lot of development and planning applications again.

“It’s early in the New Year and we’re very concerned about losing our countryside.

“We’re concerned that people do get their comments in before the closing date.”

The AFC Fylde application includes a 6,000-capacity stadium for the non-league football club, a warehouse and distribution centre, and a retail store.

An outline planning application has also been submitted to Fylde Council by Mill Farm Ventures Ltd, whose board members include the club’s millionaire chairman David Haythornthwaite, for a sports science building, a full-size sports pitch, a training ground, a hotel, a petrol station and a drive-through restaurant at the site on Mill Farm on Fleetwood Road, creating up to 200 jobs.

Meanwhile, the additional 164-home Mowbreck Lane development could go ahead after the Planning Inspectorate overturned the dismissal of the previous application for a larger 264- home scheme by the Secretary of State, and then the High Court in September 2011.

Campaigners were left disappointed when Fylde Council decided not to offer no evidence at the appeal.

Members of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, along with other residents’ groups, have consistently opposed the development of the green-field site for 15 years.

The applications will be decided by Fylde Council’s development management committee later on this year.

 

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