Plans for 100 homes refused

Metacre Ltd want to build houses on land north of Mowbreck Lane, near Wesham.'In the distance Fairsnape, Parlick and Beacon Fell and Forest of Bowland
Metacre Ltd want to build houses on land north of Mowbreck Lane, near Wesham.'In the distance Fairsnape, Parlick and Beacon Fell and Forest of Bowland
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A PROPOSAL to build 100 homes on farmland near Wesham has been refused by Fylde Council.

Members of the council’s planning committee voted six to five in favour of refusing developer Metacre’s proposal for land off Mowbreck Lane, at a meeting held yesterday.

A number of people spoke to express their opposition to the development during the meeting at St Margaret’s church hall, on St Leonard’s Road West, St Annes. Among the concerns raised were the effect on farming, wildlife and infrastructure in the town.

John Westmoreland, from the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “This land is continuously farmed. The council should be sustaining farming and local food production, not destroying it.”

Martin Howarth, from Wesham Town Council, said: “We respectfully ask the council to refuse this application.”

A previous plan for 264 homes on the site and adjoining land had also been refused by the council.

Daniel Pickavance, who farms the land earmarked for the development, said: “When you’ve got a bad idea and you halve it, it’s still a bad idea.”

Following the outcome of the vote, from which four of the committee abstained, Coun Nulty told The Gazette: “I’m absolutely delighted and indebted to the public who came to speak.

“Everything they said was valid, people did take notice, and I’m sure the residents did influence that outcome.”

A spokesman for Metacre said: “We will now consider our future options.”