Homes only way to fund M55 link

Scene where Kensington plan to build the Queensway development

Scene where Kensington plan to build the Queensway development

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A DEVELOPER claims its plan for new homes is the only way a community will get a new motorway link road.

Kensington Developments believes its plan to build 1,150 homes on land off Queensway, St Annes, is the only option to fund the multi-million pound road between St Annes and the M55.

And on the third day of an inquiry into the developer’s scheme, Kensington also sought to allay residents’ fears the new estate would be a flood risk.

If the plans – which are opposed by Fylde Council – are given the go-ahead, Kensington has pledged to build a long awaited road linking Queensway with the motorway, via North Houses Lane and the Cropper Road roundabout.

Addressing inspector Philip Asquith the firm’s highways expert John Easdon said: “The Queensway development is the only development able to fully fund the M55 to Heyhouses link road.

“Kensington can provide all the land for the road.

“If Kensington are not to build the road under this scheme all the land would have to be purchased, in which case the cost goes up as well.”

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Planning permission for the road – which will cost upwards of £16m – will also be decided at the inquiry, because of its key links with the Queensway estate.

Kensington has also pledged to fund a 10-year diversion of the existing number 17 bus service into the estate, which it claims addresses concerns about accessibility between the site and St Annes.

St Annes Coun Tony Ford gave evidence yesterday, and stressed: “Local people do not want a development of this size and scale in their locality.”

He also highlighted concerns about flooding, which have been raised by several members of the public.

But Kensington’s drainage witness Rob Bowley said: “Just because there’s standing water on the site it doesn’t make the development unacceptable.

“Drainage measures can be installed in the area which then will allow that water to dissipate.”

The inquiry, at Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion, continues.