Revolt threat to new homes bid

The proposed site for the homes in Thornton.

The proposed site for the homes in Thornton.

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AFFORDABLE homes could be built on unused land in Thornton – if council chiefs give plans the green light.

Wyre Council has applied for outline planning permission on the Ashdell Nurseries site, off Victoria Road East, in the hope of increasing the value of the land and selling it to attract a housing company to potentially build 60 new homes – 18 of which would be affordable.

The plans will be considered next Wednesday by the authority’s planning committee. Officers have recommended they are approved.

But they have been met with opposition from neighbours living close to the site, which currently comprises of the nursery, Treasure City restaurant, a bowling green and part of Thornton Little Theatre’s unused overspill car park.

A Mr Meyes, a Thornton resident, wrote to the council’s estates department to object.

He said: “The old number three bowling green, which has been well used for an ideal kick around area for eight to 14-year-olds for many years, will be lost leaving them with nowhere to play.”

Another resident, who declined to be named, added: “Does Thornton really need another housing development?

“There are already significant developments on-going in Thornton, for example on Bourne Way, Station Road and Victoria Road as well as many, many properties up for sale.

“The development of the Norcross site will also flood this area with new properties putting additional strains on existing infrastructure and services that are already over-stretched.”

Howard Phillips, vice-chairman of Thornton Action Group, said: “What Thornton needs is more affordable housing because, like most of the borough, we are lacking.

“We see the need for affordable housing, but not the need for housing. Quite a lot of young people play on the bowling green and can’t go on King Georges playing fields because they are marked out for football and rugby.”

Wyre Council did not wish to comment in advance of the meeting.

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