Town hall bosses reassure residents

Poulton View Farm
Poulton View Farm

TOWN hall chiefs have assured residents there will be no major housing developments on green belt land.

Fears grew that 61 acres of land between Carleton and Poulton would be developed after the site of the former Poulton View Farm went on sale last year.

The huge swathe of land, stretches from Blackpool Road in the north to the Blackpool North railway line in the south, and Poulton Road to the east.

An application to demolish the farm and buildings, and replace them with a new house and garage, was approved by Wyre Council.

There were no written objections to the proposal – which neighbours described as “attractive” – although some concerns were raised regarding a rodent infestation and access to the site off Poulton Road.

Tithebarn Ward councillor Lesley McKay reassured local residents the development would not open the gateway to further housing.

She said: “We will look at any development or redevelopment on green belt land and in actual fact the farm discussed in this case is smaller than the building it is replacing.

“Conditions regarding the look of the building – to keep it in character with the area – and the access points have been put in place.

“We have however had confirmation from planning committee the area is green belt and permission will not be given to build anything else on it.”

The site, currently a vacant farm-yard hit the headlines earlier this year when the previous owners, Frank and Jim Hargreaves, left a staggering £4m to charity in their wills.

The reclusive pair were former dairy farmers, and their Poulton Road farm had no central heating, or even an indoor toilet.

Although spending money on themselves was rare, they didn’t hesitate in handing over their family fortune for the good of local families for generations to come – including a £2m revamp of Victoria Hospital’s Children’s Wards.