Housing go ahead sparks flood fears

Residents on Midgeland Road are protesting against plans to build homes on adjacent land

Residents on Midgeland Road are protesting against plans to build homes on adjacent land

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RESIDENTS fear their homes will be flooded after a scheme to build 83 new houses on Marton Moss was approved.

Blackpool Council had refused the application by Kensington Developments to build on Runnell Farm, off Midgeland Road, but its decision was overturned by planning inspector Susan Holland.

People living on Midgeland Road claim drainage on the Moss is inadequate for the scheme.

Rowland Parkinson said: “Following the recent heavy rain, all that land was flooded and people fear their homes will be flooded next.

“The more buildings you put on the land, it’s pressing the water out different ways.”

Nick Reeves said: “My house is opposite the proposed entrance to the development and this is going to mean a lot more traffic and make it difficult for us to access our properties.”

But in her report Mrs Holland said the site was “capable of being adequately drained” while changes to the road layout had “not attracted the opposition of the highway authority.”

Blackpool Council said it was disappointed and would continue to try to defend green spaces in the town.

Coun Gary Coleman, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “In Blackpool we have a unique and extreme set of housing challenges and we have an unbalanced housing supply within our borough.

“It is vitally important that quality mixed housing is made available throughout the town and that we protect what little green space we have left.”

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden, who had also opposed the scheme, said the decision ignored the views of residents living near the site.

He said: “Arguments particularly about the environmental unsustainability of this development have been ignored.”

Kensington Developments managing director Denley Barrow said: “We welcome the inspector’s decision and look forward to creating an attractive and sustainable development.

“This project will generate vital investment for the regeneration of the inner Blackpool areas and also includes financial contributions for education, bus services and highway improvements.”