Relief as clinic plans rejected

Poulton le Fylde residents by the sign they have put up on Chapel Street railings (Poulton)
Poulton le Fylde residents by the sign they have put up on Chapel Street railings (Poulton)

CAMPAIGNERS were today celebrating after plans to build a health centre were dismissed.

A Government planning inspector ruled the development of a three-storey health centre on Vicarage Road, Poulton, would not be suitable for the town.

In her decision, following an appeal hearing in September, Wenda Fabien said the overall visual harm to the character and appearance of Poulton would not be outweighed by the community benefits of the scheme.

John Bailie, of the Concerned Residents of Poulton (CROP), told The Gazette: “We are absolutely delighted the appeal has been dismissed.

“It’s testimony to the efforts of everyone in the group who have worked tirelessly to defeat this proposal.

“We’re also grateful to many members of the town’s community who attended our public meetings, signed petitions and worked with us.”

But developers Rushcliffe said the fact Wyre Council’s application for costs were dismissed shows the appeal was justified.

They claim they will still go ahead with the scheme but must reassess the appearance of the centre.

Managing director Harry Ashworth said: “We’re not disappointed with the result because a lot of things have been cleared up.

“The inspector says the issue of air quality and traffic were not relevant which goes against the council’s claims.

“We feel the way is now clear for us to move forward –- the only issue we have to address is the visual aspect. And the council’s application for cost was turned down which justifies our appeal – so watch this space.”