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Fears growing over 100 new homes bid

Coun Penny Martin addresses a public meeting about plans to build 100 homes in Thornton

Coun Penny Martin addresses a public meeting about plans to build 100 homes in Thornton

Community leaders have called on residents to voice their concerns in a bid to stop 100 new homes being built.

A public meeting hosted by Thornton Action Group at the Bourne Poacher pub, on Fleetwood Road North, saw worried residents living close to the Bourne Way playing fields site told to speak out against the plans.

More than 40 people attended the meeting to discuss their objections to the homes – proposed by Rowland Homes – which are set to come before Wyre Council’s planning committee in May.

Bill Reynolds, of Mallowdale, in Thornton, said: “My objection is to the greenfield site that’s being taken away and, from our point of view, the congestion of traffic on Fleetwood Road North will only be exacerbated by this development.”

Phil Burrows, 44, of Widgeon Close, Thornton, questioned where people would find work in the town if the homes were built.

He said: “There’s plenty of jobs in care homes and supermarkets for minimum wage, but there are a lot of businesses that aren’t around here anymore like ICI and Norcross, so there’s nothing to bring people into Thornton.”

Mum-of-two Theresa Brown, 38, of Pheasants Wood, Thornton, added: “I need someone to tell me what’s positive about this because as far as I’m concerned I find it totally unnecessary.”

The development was proposed at the same time as Fleetwood Town FC’s plans to build a state-of-the art training facility at Poolfoot farm in Thornton.

The club plans to build 16 pitches, including a full size third generation artificial pitch, changing rooms and classrooms.

Howard Phillips, vice chairman of Thornton Action Group, said: “It’s time for the planners at Wyre Council to look at the traffic issues and it’s up to you to write into the planners and say we are looking at this issue and the numbers, and we don’t think it will fit in.”

Coun Penny Martin, Cleveleys park ward councillor for Wyre Council, added: “The important thing is, if you feel strongly about it, make your voice heard by e-mail or a letter.

“Once the land is gone, it’s gone, and green land like that is part of the community.”

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, said: “I note the concerns local residents have expressed tonight, and I will certainly make my own concerns known to the council.

“Ensuring we maintain our green amenity spaces is very important.”

A spokesman for Rowland Homes said: “Following the public meeting on Friday, March 7, at the Bourne Poacher, Rowland Homes Land and Planning Team have been in direct contact with Coun Martin who has agreed to forward minutes of the meeting in order that Rowland Homes can understand the matters of concern.

“These have now arrived and a repsonse will be provided.”

Residents have until March 13 to submit their objections to Wyre Council.

 

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