Protect our town’s green edge

Land on Kirkham by-pass, where Bloor homes have submitted plans to build 140 homes and (below) Kirkham councillor Elaine Silverwood.

Land on Kirkham by-pass, where Bloor homes have submitted plans to build 140 homes and (below) Kirkham councillor Elaine Silverwood.

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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to fight housing plans which councillors fear could wipe out green fields around rural Fylde.

Bloor Homes has submitted plans to build 140 homes on green fields next to Kirkham’s bypass – an area councillors believe defines the edge of the town.

Coun Elaine Silverwood

Coun Elaine Silverwood

And fears are growing if the Derbyshire-based developer wins permission from Fylde Council it will spell the end for Kirkham’s settlement boundary and see the town edge closer to nearby Westby. Coun Elaine Silverwood, Kirkham councillor, said: “On top of the obvious thing that it is precious open land and we don’t want it destroying when there is brownfield land to prioritise first, this is an area we have fought passionately over the years to protect.

“I believe this application is just for a phase one and it would eventually link all the towns and villages together.

“We are urging Fylde Council to wait and not discuss this application until the local plan is finalised because that will pinpoint where properties should go instead of our towns being under-threat as they are at the moment.”

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The developer held a consultation with residents in Kirkham last year to find out what they would want built on the land which sits in between the A583 and A585 – and concerns were raised about the impact of new homes on already-stretched doctors surgeries and schools.

Fellow Kirkham councillor Liz Oades said those concerns were raised again at a town council meeting on Friday evening, and councillors now plan to give the public a platform to speak on the plans at a future meeting.

And Coun Silverwood is urging residents to voice their concerns loudly and fight the application.

She added: “We would urge people to come together to fight the plans like residents have done in Wesham and Wrea Green recently.

“As a town council it is our job to flag it up and then we ask the residents to be vocal.”

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