Decision day for homes bid

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A COUNTRYSIDE housing estate looks set to be given the go-ahead in the midst of one of the Fylde coast’s most controversial areas of green space.

Redrow Homes is on course to succeed in its bid to win planning permission for a new development of 62 homes on the site of the former Hollywood Nurseries, on Whitehills Road, Westby.

Kensington was refused permission for the same plot of land last year, but dragged Fylde Council to appeal and won the go-ahead for just under 100 homes before selling the land to Redrow.

Now, the council is recommending its councillors approve Redrow’s application when the development control committee meets on Wednesday.

In a report set to go before the planning meeting, planning officer Andrew Stell states “the existence of the outline planning permission at this site is considered to be (an exceptional circumstance) which allows the council to break with its policy of refusing developments in countryside areas.

As well as building 62 homes on the land, Redrow is also promising to redirect an existing bus service to the site, provide landscaping, a play area, garages, driveways and an access road.

The proposals include 43 two-storey detached homes, with 13 properties in three short terraces and a two-storey block of six apartments, with 30 per cent of those properties earmarked as affordable.

Kensington’s initial application was refused because the land was identified as countryside in the council’s local plan, but planning inspector Michael Lowe ruled the borough’s need for affordable housing took priority.

In March Kensington had two further bids to build on nearby land thrown out by planners, but plans to take the council to appeal in a bid to win permission to build 10 homes on the former Westfield Nurseries site and 38 on land adjacent to the Honda dealership.