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Housing scheme go ahead

Plans have been submitted to Wyre Council to construct 130 properties on land off Kepple Lane.

Plans have been submitted to Wyre Council to construct 130 properties on land off Kepple Lane.

Planners have approved proposals for more than 100 new homes to be built in a Wyre market town despite fears there are already too many houses earmarked for the area.

Planners have approved proposals for more than 100 new homes to be built in a Wyre market town despite fears there are already too many houses earmarked for the area.

Wyre Council’s planning committee agreed the outline application by Hollins Strategic Land for 130 new homes on land at Kepple Lane in Garstang.

The approval is subject to the developer signing a 106 agreement to pay £200,000 to the council for highways development and £264,622 towards education.

Coun Tom Balmain, who represents Garstang on Wyre Council, told the committee he believed the application should be thrown out. Nineteen letters of objection were received.

Following the meeting he said he was disappointed with the outcome.

He said: “There are too many houses being proposed for Garstang.

“An excessive amount of plans have come forward in the last few years.

“No account has been taken of the actual infrastructure, for example with regard to doctors surgeries which are already bursting to capacity now.

“I am also against any further development unless developers consider elderly people.

“They should be building more bungalows for the elderly who want to downsize and then are able to free up their homes for families.”

But a report by planning officers at the council to the committee said that, despite the objections raised, the development complies with national planning policy and should be approved.

The site is to the south of the residential properties on Kepple Lane, close to its junction with the A6, and south of Garstang medical centre. Controversial plans to build 100 homes on land off Bourne Way in Thornton have been deferred by councillors.

The scheme had been recommended for approval by Wyre Council’s planning committee but a decision has been delayed in order to finalise the percentage of affordable housing.

It will go back before the committee at a future date.

Rowland Homes want to build a range of two-storey detached, semi-detached and mews style properties.

While the area is cited in the council’s local plan as recreational open space, an alternative open space has been offered to “mitigate against the loss at this site”, a report to councillors says.

The application is dependent on a separate planning proposal, on nearby Poolfoot Farm, to go ahead having been approved, in order to have alternative recreational space in the neighbourhood.

Councillors Penny Martin and Andrea Kay have both raised concerns about the Bourne Way scheme, and 30 letters of objection were received by the council, outlining concerns about an increase of traffic and loss of a green space, as well as reports of wildlife on the greenfield site and saying a brownfield site should be found.

 

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