Joy and fears as home plan axed

John Rowson (PACT Chairman)
John Rowson (PACT Chairman)
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RESIDENTS are celebrating after plans for a controversial housing estate on the edge of their village were pulled at the 11th hour.

The proposals for 54 homes in Wrea Green were set to be debated by councillors this week.

But just days before Fylde Council’s planning committee met developers Les Blancs Bois Holdings withdrew its plans for a second time.

The news has prompted cautious celebrations among campaigners in the village, who have fought to prevent the homes being built on Richmond Avenue.

John Rowson, from the Save Wrea Green Action Group (SWAG), said: “We’re very pleased, but I think we expect the application back.

“We’re pleased common sense has prevailed, however, we’ve not got the Champagne out yet because we’re expecting it back again.”

The application was an amended version of plans the developers had rejected last year.

Before it was withdrawn, council planners had been again been recommending councillors refuse the application.

Case officer Andrew Stell said the application should be turned down because of “concerns related to the lack of security on accessibility improvements, affordable housing delivery, drainage arrangements and open space provision.”

He also raised concerns the site is outside the current settlement area and is “best and most versatile agricultural land”, which the council’s local plan “seeks to protect from development.”

Les Blancs Bois Holdings could not be contacted for comment.