Plans to build 42 new homes in a flood-hit Fylde village have been given the go-ahead.
The plans form Phase Two of Jones Homes’ development on Chain Lane, Staining, where they currently have permission for, and are building, 28 homes.
Several people spoke against the development at Fylde Council’s development management committee meeting yesterday on the grounds the village could not cope with any more housing.
Coun Malcolm Hyland, chairman of Staining Parish Council, said the new houses would add to the already struggling drainage system.
He added: “Last year Staining was isolated five times due to flooding.
“Even if it wasn’t impassible, there is always deep water somewhere.
“At King’s Close, water now runs into gardens, constantly flooding them as it is not able to flow away, and sewage goes into them.”
Coun David Angel said he was concerned the road network through Staining would not be able to cope with the additional traffic created by the development.
The committee also heard the village did not have the medical provision for a new housing estate.
Several of the committee members at Fylde Town Hall agreed with residents, and said planning permission should not be granted on greenfield land – that which has not been previously developed.
They also said permission should not be granted for a development that was outside the main settlement boundary of the village.
But the meeting heard hands were tied by government legislation, which demanded the council had a five-year supply of affordable housing.
Coun Trevor Fiddler, Fylde cabinet member for housing, said: “This committee is tearing itself apart.
“This is simply out of our hands as we are being directed – we are not a planning authority, the Government is the planning authority.”
In a recorded vote as to whether to approve planning permission for 42 homes on Chain Lane, Staining, four members of Fylde Council’s development management committee – councillors Liz Oades, Charlie Duffy, Maxine Chew and Julie Brickles – abstained from voting.
Four were against the proposal, and eight voted to pass the application.
Speaking outside the meeting, Coun John Singleton, who represents Staining on Fylde Council, said: “It’s disappointing that so many people abstained rather than voting against the application. These are wasted votes.
“Councillors have to stand up for the rights of their residents by voting either yes or no. A no vote could have helped the residents.”
Had the application been rejected, Jones Homes could have applied to the planning inspectorate for an appeal. Coun Singleton said nothing could be done to appeal approval.