Homes plan for ‘eyesore’

An indicative outline plan for housing which has been granted outline planning permission in a rural area of Singleton
An indicative outline plan for housing which has been granted outline planning permission in a rural area of Singleton
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An ‘eyesore’ site littered with derelict buildings is set to be transformed into a housing development which will ‘enhance’ the area, developers have said.

Wyre Council has granted outline planning permission for around 14 homes to be built on a brownfield ex-industrial site in rural Singleton, close to Hardhorn village in Poulton.

Developers Fox Planning Consultancy claim neighbours to the 2.8 acre plot off Fairfield Road and Puddle House Lane are in favour of the proposal.

The plot was previously the site of a nursery and was later used by the owner to run a business making concrete slabs for driveways.

Once cleared of debris, the land could be sold off in plots for large houses similar to the £500,000 homes going up on nearby Hardhorn Road.

Jane Fox, planning and development consultant for Fox Planning Consultancy, said: “This marks a landmark decision in Wyre Council acknowledging the Government’s policy set out in the National Planning Policy Framework supporting the redevelopment of brownfield sites.

“The development will represent an environmental and visual enhancement to the brownfield site.”

Now the consultancy firm is looking for bids from house builders, subject to detailed planning approval, for the site, but have said the “trend” for large houses less than one mile away on Hardhorn Road means “the site could prove popular for the provision of large, self-build plots, offering wide choice and flexibility”.

The outline application means no design details have been submitted, though it could accommodate 14 houses but the precise details of numbers, layout, road layout, siting and design will be submitted at a later date.

Derelict buildings currently filling the site are set to be pulled down, with its pond retained and extra plants and hedges put in.

Council planning bosses received a number of responses from residents supporting the application, saying they would welcome the removal of derelict buildings, the addition of plants and the change of use for the land.

However, one letter of opposition was sent in, stating that upping the housing provision by 14, from the nine currently in the Hardhorn area would be “disproportionate”.