Leader’s anger as housing decision is overturned

Fylde Coun John Singleton
Fylde Coun John Singleton

A Fylde councillor has hit out at the decision by a planning inspector to grant a planning application for 30 homes.

Coun John Singleton criticised the decision to allow the building of the properties in Kings Close, Staining, by Co-op Estates, despite the project originally being rejected by Fylde Council planners earlier this year.

He added: “I am bitterly disappointed with the planning inspectorate’s decision to allow the Co-op Estates Group to proceed with their planning application for up to 30 dwellings in Staining.

“We had several meetings with residents and I spoke at the Fylde Development meeting to secure a refusal but it would appear all our efforts have been in vain.”

Coun Singleton said the lack of a five year supply of housing in the borough, a guide which helps control the number of houses being built, had worked against the original decision.

He added: “In my opinion the Inspectorate is merely a nodding dog in following the government plans to build more and more houses at an alarming rate.”

But a spokesperson for Co-op Estates said the new properties would provide a boost in terms of affordable homes for the village.

He added: “We believe the decision by the Planning Inspectorate to grant planning permission for the residential development of up to 30 dwellings brings significant benefit of affordable homes to the borough.”