PLANS have been revealed for a massive new development at Whyndyke Farm.
A total of 2,000 homes, a primary school, sports pitches, shops and wildlife habitats are proposed for the site off Preston New Road, Marton, adjacent to the M55.
The 20-year project, plans for which have been on display at the Outside Inn pub nearby, is phase two of the Whyndyke Consortium’s scheme, which has already seen a new mental health hospital given the go-ahead on the site.
Alban Cassidy, a planning consultant for CA Planning, said: “This started with a need because in Fylde they have only one and a half years of housing left and they need five.
“The scale of the development provides something sustainable.
“It can offer a range of other facilities where stand-alone developments would not be able to.”
Concern has been voiced by residents in recent months over plans for the new mental health hospital on the same site as they argue traffic problems already on the road will only be compounded.
But plans have been put in place to build extra roads in the new residential site to ease congestion on Preston New Road.
Fred Moore, a resident of Sandhurst Avenue in St Annes, attended the event, which was the public’s first chance to see the plans.
He said: “From what I can see it would meet much of Fylde’s housing needs for the future and I support the plans.
“The key thing for me is it would take the pressure off more important land needed for other services.”
The project will take 20 years to complete and has been designed to be ecologically friendly and has the ability to create a number of jobs once the new school and local shops open.
Members of the public were given the opportunity to see the plans for the first time on Tuesday and other viewings are planned in the near future.
Mr Cassidy says he is confident the plans will be received well because of the talks they have held with council officers over the last 12 months.
He added: “We’ve given it a lot of thought and we have tried to address the issues which could be raised and now have something that will feature comfortably.”