‘Hell’ fear over homes plan

Developer Story Homes hold an Exhibiton over plans for new homes in Wrea Green.  Beverley Jinks with Matthew and Daniel Jinks.

Developer Story Homes hold an Exhibiton over plans for new homes in Wrea Green. Beverley Jinks with Matthew and Daniel Jinks.

Four years of hell” await villagers if a controversial homes plan gets the green light, campaigners have warned.

People in Wrea Green have been given a preview of plans which could see up to 100 homes built at land adjacent to Willow Drive and Ribby Road.

But a councillor representing the village has accused the company behind the plans, Story Homes, of “arrogance” in its proposals.

John Rowson, chairman of the Community Association for the Protection of Wrea Green (CAPOW), which campaigns against perceived over-development in the village, said: “We’re told it would take four years to build them, so it will be four years of hell for people in Willow Drive, and I’m one of them.

“It’s not sustainable. What about the flood risk? How’s sewage going to be treated?

“There’s a lack of facilities in the village and the access off Willow Drive is going to be awful.”

No planning application has yet been submitted by Story Homes to Fylde Council.

But Coun Frank Andrews, who represents the village on the council, added that the “arrogance” of the company had left them “open mouthed” given that Story Homes has unveiled the development at a time when four other applications for homes in the village are already in the pipeline.

“The reaction in the village is one of utter disbelief and dismay,” he said.

“We will naturally fight it. What else can the village do?”

The proposal is the latest in a long line of housing plans earmarked for the village – with appeals set to start later this year for four separate developments which, if successful, could see another 158 homes built there – including a plan for 55 houses which has already been given the green light.

A spokesman for Story Homes said: “Story Homes’ public consultation for a proposed development off Ribby Road and Willow Drive was well attended by residents of Wrea Green, who were keen to communicate their concerns about additional housing in the village and to better understand how we plan to mitigate the potential impacts, particularly in terms of traffic, access, and drainage.

“These are all issues that are being looked at as part of the outline planning application for this site.

“People have until March 19 to comment on our proposals and we will then include the feedback in a statement of community involvement that will accompany the planning application due for submission in early April.

“We remain confident our proposals will provide high quality family homes in a sustainable location, will address Fylde’s housing requirement by helping to boost the supply of housing in Wrea Green, and will result in economic benefits by creating additional jobs for sub contractors and the local supply chain.”




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