‘Protect our field from homes plan’

Councillors and residents gather at the piece of land with (front, from left) Pauline Mason, Elizabeth Clarke, County Coun Howard Henshaw, Coun Karen Henshaw and Coun Christine Akeroyd.
Councillors and residents gather at the piece of land with (front, from left) Pauline Mason, Elizabeth Clarke, County Coun Howard Henshaw, Coun Karen Henshaw and Coun Christine Akeroyd.
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A COMMUNITY has launched a fight against a power company over plans to build homes on a green space.

Residents living close to the grassy area at the junction of Blackpool Road North and Kilnhouse Lane, in St Annes, are up in arms at Electricity North West’s plans to build three detached houses on the land.

The firm claims its plans will make “more beneficial use” of the land - but neighbours are furious at the thought of losing the open space.

Elizabeth Clarke overlooks the patch from her Kilnhouse Lane flat and said: “I don’t want these houses.

“I’ve watched people on the field from my balcony all these years and it’s a nice place.

“Teenagers sit there with their friends, dog owners go on there, birds flock there in the morning and there are established trees - it needs protecting.”

And Cromer Road resident Pauline Mason added: “Our feeling is we need to preserve green areas in this region.

“We only moved here a year ago and one of the attractions was the open space.

“How much land do the developers need?

“And to put houses there facing on to Cromer Road, it’s not the right development - they would need to be bungalows.”

Electricity North West want to build three two-storey houses on the land and have applied to Fylde Council for permission - with the application expected to go before next month’s planning meeting.

Coun Karen Henshaw is backing the residents - alongside County Coun Howard Henshaw and Coun Christine Akeroyd - and said: “The green is definitely used, children go there to kick a ball about, people take their dogs on there and it really is like a village green.

“I support the residents in trying to keep the green space.”

The firm has stressed that the Government is encouraging development of vacant sites and the proposed houses are of a similar height to neighbouring homes, while the plans leave a corner of the site, and a strip facing Kilnhouse Lane, open.

A spokesman for Electricity North West said: “Electricity North West’s agent understands that the planning officer is recommending approval of the application.

“The site is not classified in the local plan but has been accepted in principle by the planning officer as a residential site prior to submitting the application.

“The application seeks a more beneficial use of the land which is owned by Electricity North West.

“There will be no loss of privacy to adjoining dwellings and the scale and design of the development is compatible with the character of buildings in the area.”

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