‘We need a build plan to stem tide’

Kirkham Community Centre-Bloor Homes public consultation.
Kirkham Community Centre-Bloor Homes public consultation.
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A PLANNING chief has admitted more land needs to be earmarked for development in the area – but warned builders will still target the countryside.

Fylde Council cannot prove it has the necessary five-year supply of housing, and calls have been made for it to identify where it would want new homes built in a bid to stop thousands of pounds being wasted fighting off developers.

The news comes after Bloor Homes began a consultation asking residents what they would like to see built on the “Kirkham triangle”, an area of farmland on the outskirts of the market town.

Last year the council spent almost £200,000 defending planning appeals, and is expected to shell out almost £80,000 this year to stop homes being built in unsuitable locations.

The council recently saw two developments at Whitehills, Westby, approved against its wishes and Mark Evans, the council’s assistant director of planning, said: “We’re working towards a new plan but these things take time. It will give more certainty for both members of the public and developers, but it doesn’t mean we won’t get applications from developers testing whether a site should come forward.”

The new core strategy – due to be implemented at the end of 2014 – will be discussed by the cabinet tomorrow, along with allocating the £80,000 fighting fund.

Wesham Coun Linda Nulty fought against Metacre’s bid to build homes on Mowbreck Lane in the village last year and said: “It’s absolutely vital we get the core strategy in place as soon as possible.

“We’re under threat from development in areas we might not want it. We need to sort exactly what we want and where we want it.”