‘It’s not a given to build homes’

The "Kirkham Triangle" site between the A583 and A585

The "Kirkham Triangle" site between the A583 and A585

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A DEVELOPER has been accused of misleading residents over plans to turn a vast area of countryside into a housing estate.

Bloor Homes has written to people living in Kirkham about its plans for the so-called Kirkham Triangle, an area of greenery on the western side of the town’s by-pass.

The land, between the A583 and A585, is provisionally identified for development in Fylde Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) document, but Kirkham Coun Liz Oades has condemned the company for implying it is inevitable the site will be developed.

Coun Oades said: “I’m very angry about the letter to residents. The fact that site has been identified as an area of open space which isn’t developed doesn’t give permission to develop it. That is very speculative.

“Kirkham councillors have fought for many years to keep that buffer between us and Westby and to keep our identity.

“It’s not a lie what they’ve written, that area has been identified, but so has most of the open countryside in Fylde – it doesn’t mean we’re going to develop it.”

Paul Boyfield, managing director of Lexington North, sent the letter on behalf of Bloor Homes and said the company wanted to gauge the housing needs of local people before it considered submitting an application.

A consultation event will take place at Kirkham Community Centre, on Mill Street, between 1pm and 7pm on Friday.