Plan to build ‘better’ village

April aerial VIEW'BAE Systems dominates the village of Warton. PIC BY ROB LOCK
April aerial VIEW'BAE Systems dominates the village of Warton. PIC BY ROB LOCK
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A plan for building “a better Warton” is set to be launched next month.

The village is currently facing up to 1,200 new homes being built nearby.

It is hoped the plan, which has been devised by a group from the village’s parish coun-cil, will give a clearer picture of what improvements villag-ers say need to be made to its infrastructure should such a scale of development be given the go-ahead.

Suggestions such as im-provements to roads, sewage systems and provision for new schools could form part of the plan.

Coun Julie Brickles, chair-man of Bryning with Warton Parish Council, said: “What we’re basically hoping to achieve is a better Warton.

“The infrastructure is very important and it’s something that Warton’s looking at the moment.

“There are lots of ideas be-ing put forward but basically we’re waiting for the input of the village.

“The villagers need to tell us what they’d like to see in Warton in the future.”

Last month Fylde Council’s development management committee approved plans for 13 homes at Nine Acres Nurs-ery, in Warton, but deferred matters surrounding an already approved plan for 240 homes on the former Marconi site in the village.

Jessica Ashworth, vice-chairman of the neighbour-hood plan steering group, which has been established by the council to produce the report, said: “We’re just con-cerned residents.

“We’re not anti-develop-ment.

“We just want to maintain the village and this plan can help us direct development to where it should go and how it should look – and plan servic-es, amenities and infrastruc-ture.”

Mike Wright, from pres-sure group Warton Residents Against Poor Planning, said: “There’s a lot of enthusiasm to get the neighbourhood plan in place and capture the views and position of residents.”

He added: “We’ve always said we’re not against development, it’s the numbers which have been proposed.

“It’s been acknowledged that the current infrastruc-ture can’t cope.”

The plan will be launched at a drop-in event held at War-ton Village Hall on Thursday April 3 between 3pm and 9pm.