NEW planning guidelines could help Blackpool resist out-of-town development in areas like Marton Moss in future.
That is according to Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden who says the new National Planning Policy Framework, announced by the Government this week, puts greater emphasis on inner urban sites instead of those on the outskirts of major towns and cities.
The policy means councils must first consider urban brownfield sites before looking at edge-of-town development, and puts more weight on meeting the needs of the local economy involved.
Mr Marsden told The Gazette: “I believe the new framework gives the council more strength to resist edge of town developments they don’t think are going to be beneficial.
“It also gives a much clearer green light to councils to emphasise schemes creating the affordable accommodation which Blackpool needs.
“There is more power to see what we need to focus on, which is developments which will give residents better affordable housing and help the local economy.”
Kensington Developments has planning permission to build 584 on land off Moss House Road, on Marton Moss, after residents lost a long and bitter battle to prevent the scheme.
The council has turned down another application from the company for 83 houses, including 25 affordable homes, at Runnell Farm on Chapel Road, also on the Moss.
Kensington has appealed against that decision and a public inquiry is due to be held at Blackpool Town Hall starting on Wednesday April 18.
Meanwhile schemes for hundreds of new homes in inner Blackpool are moving forward.
Development partners are being sought to build around 400 new homes on land at Rigby Road and Tyldesley Road, and up to 250 new homes in Layton following the demolition of the Queens Park high rise estate