Homes plan refused

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A PLAN to build up to 50 homes on open countryside has been thrown out.

Councillors on Fylde Council’s development management committee unanimously voted against developer Mactaggart and Mickel Homes Limited’s scheme for the land on Moss Side Lane in Wrea Green.

They said they felt the winding country road was too dangerous for a development of such a size.

The committee also heard that, complete with other building schemes in the village, the population would increase by 17 per cent compared to 2001 if the homes were built.

Dan Rowley has lived on Moss Side Lane for the last 30 years.

He said: “There has been an enormous increase in the number and speed of passing traffic, and there has been a significant increase in accidents.

“Despite the 20mph restriction many vehicles well exceed 30mph.

“With this proposal, pedestrians will have to take their lives into their own hands and hope there is no vehicle approaching.

“This winding, narrow road is extremely dangerous.”

John Rowson, from the Save Wrea Green Action Group, said the application was not sustainable for the village, and Elizabeth Rugman, also from the group, said she was worried about the effect of the development on an already serious flooding problem.

She said: “This development is going to cause extensive problems for existing residents by further adding to an already overloaded sewerage system and increasing the run off of rain water from the houses and hard standing.”

Councillors on the committee expressed their upset at Lancashire County Council’s highways department for raising no objections to the scheme.

Coun Peter Hardy said: “How naive is the county highways department?

“They want to go to this road and stand there. It’s so narrow and has two blind bends.

“As for traffic and having an access onto the site just as you come around a blind bend – how crazy can you get?”

Coun Linda Nulty said the road simply was not safe enough for the development.

She added: “County highways is letting us down.”

Sim Lane-Dixon, highways manager for Fylde, said: “We looked very thoroughly at the possible impacts of this development upon the road network and made a number of recommendations for changes to improve access and safety for traffic and pedestrians which would be needed if the development were to go ahead.”

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