Town hall under fire over ‘lack
of evidence’

Photo Neil Cross'Kirkham planning inquiry at Ribby Hall'A planning inspector hearing an argument by developer Gladman Homes against Fylde Council's refusal of planning permission for a housing development on Kirkham Bypass
Photo Neil Cross'Kirkham planning inquiry at Ribby Hall'A planning inspector hearing an argument by developer Gladman Homes against Fylde Council's refusal of planning permission for a housing development on Kirkham Bypass
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Town hall bosses have come under fire for offering no evidence against an appeal to build up to 320 homes in Kirkham.

The planning inquiry into Bloor Homes and Gladman Developments’ proposals to build the homes at Little Tarnbrick Farm, Blackpool Road, began yesterday, when officers for Fylde Council said talks with the developers had gone well, resulting in their reason for objecting being dealt with.

Representing the council, Jonathan Easton said the objections related to additional money for school places, a link between the two sites for pedestrians and wildlife and the replacement of lost hedgerow.

But residents criticised the council on day one of the inquiry, which is expected to last several days at Ribby Hall, for failing to stand up for them.

Coun Elaine Silverwood represents Kirkham at Fylde and sits on Kirkham Town Council. She said: “We have been abandoned by our officers and we have truly been let down.” Speaking against the two developments, John Smith, who lives on Garstang Road North, Wesham, said: “This council is prepared to lay down and let these developers trample all over them.”

Neil Donnelly of Friary Close, Kirkham, added: “I am horrified by the way Fylde Council seems to have worked. It has sold us down the river.”

Residents and councillors argue the developments are out of the main settlement area on a dangerous road which floods regularly.