Concerns over flats plan for 1930s house

Green Ridges in Ballam Road. Lytham
Green Ridges in Ballam Road. Lytham
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Lytham St Annes Civic Society is to join almost 20 Lytham residents in objecting to a proposal to replace a distinctive home and with a three-storey building containing nine apartments.

A plan submitted for Fylde Council for the demolition and replacement of the 1930s art deco Green Ridges on Ballam Road, Lytham, has prompted concern among neighbours as well as Civic Society officials – who are keen for it to become a listed building.

Nineteen residents have united in outlining their objection to the council on grounds including highway safety, detrimental effect on the area, and ecology concerns.

Marion Coupe, chairman of Lytham St Annes Civic Society, said: “Green Ridges is a good art deco survival, at least on the exterior, and deserves to be locally listed. Depending on its interior it could be considered for national listing.

“It was Architects Journal House of the Year in 1936 and its position is important at the gateway to Lytham. The proposal to build flats would set a bad precedent in an area of good quality individual housing.”

John Barrett, one of the nearby residents objecting, said: “We are very concerned this is unsuitable for the locality and Lytham would lose a very stylish house.

“It’s also a very dangerous part of Ballam Road which has seen several crashes including a fatality over the last few years.”

The plan’s consultation period closes on Monday and it will be considered at a Fylde planning committee meeting on a date yet to be decided.

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