Homes site battle looms

The Green at Wrea Green
The Green at Wrea Green

DOZENS of residents have met up to formulate a battle plan to fight a proposal for an estate of 54 homes in their village.

Developer Les Blancs Bois Holdings Ltd lost out in a bid to build 55 homes off Richmond Avenue, Wrea Green, last year, but have now submitted a fresh access only application for 54 homes on the same land.

And locals descended on Wrea Green Institute for a meeting of the Save Wrea Green Action Group (SWAG) to discuss how they can fight the application, which they believe paves the way for a fresh bid for full planning permission for the homes.

The access only application for outline planning permission only gives an “indicative layout” of how the development could look if it wins full planning permission.

John Rowson, from SWAG, said: “The reasons for it being rejected last time are reasons why it should be rejected this time.

“The site is far away from amenities and it’s unlikely there would be a bus service, it’s on the best and most versatile agricultural land and it’s a greenfield site.

“The village neither has the amenities nor infrastructure to support the development.”

Around 60 residents attended the meeting and SWAG – who originally formed to fight this development first time around – are now planning to submit a petition against the plans.

The Fylde division of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) have already submitted their objection to the proposals to Fylde Council, citing 14 reasons why they believe the application should be refused.

In a letter to the council, CPRE planning officer Don Moore highlighted the problems the development would place on Wrea Green’s infrastructure.

Mr Moore said: “Enlargement of the settlement on the scale of this proposal would overload current services. For example, the school is already working at full capacity.

“This development would therefore be the first step in creating a dormitory town almost wholly dependent on the services in the towns at some distance from the village.”

CPRE have also raised issues of housing need in Wrea Green, the use of greenfield land, and the loss of agricultural land.

Les Blancs Bois Holdings Ltd – who could not be contacted for comment – say they have addressed all issues which saw their previous application rejected by planners.