‘Yes’ to huge new homes scheme

The former Pontins site in Clifton Drive North and (below) Coun Maxine Chew.
The former Pontins site in Clifton Drive North and (below) Coun Maxine Chew.
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Hundreds of new homes will be built on an abandoned former Pontins site after community leaders gave plans the go ahead.

Fylde Council’s Development Management Committee approved plans to build 348 homes in two stages on the former holiday camp.

Coun Maxine Chew

Coun Maxine Chew

The homes will be built off Clifton Drive North and behind Blackpool Airport – despite airport bosses objecting to the plans because they fear it will lead to more noise complaints and reduce their capacity to expand.

Councillors also raised the issue of keeping bedrooms cool during the summer as residents would not be able to open their windows without being disrupted by the noise of passing aircraft.

But Mark Evans, Fylde Council’s head of planning and regeneration, said: “It’s important to bear in mind there are a whole raft of ways to deal with noise.

“There can be ventilation in a room without having to open a window and, in addition to that, there’s ways which the housing is built so key windows are not facing toward noise sources.”

Coun Maxine Chew, who lives off the busy A585, added: “My bedroom faces the noise and in the summer time it’s impossible to open the window because I wouldn’t get a wink of sleep.

“I still think this application is correct but it will be the detail which makes it a success or not.

“Would it not be possible to use an airsource heat pump system which also has a reversible action and cooling system in the homes?”

A spokesman for Northern Trust, the landowners, said: “We are pleased that both planning applications have now been approved.

“Northern Trust has continued to work closely with Fylde Council to bring about the regeneration of this important brownfield site, and have welcomed their continued support of the proposed development.” Paul Rankin, director of Blackpool Airport, said: “We are clearly disappointed with the decision but we will take advice from our planning advisors.”

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