Retail scheme looks set for go-ahead

An aerial view of the old Premium Bonds site at Heyhouses Lane/Moorland Road, St Annes.
An aerial view of the old Premium Bonds site at Heyhouses Lane/Moorland Road, St Annes.
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A RETAIL park scheme rejected by planners just weeks ago now looks set to get the green light - despite there not being a single change to the plans.

A developer is bidding to transform St Annes’ former Premium Bonds site with shops, restaurants, houses and retirement accommodation.

The plans were thrown out amid fears it would affect shops in St Annes town centre, but now councillors are being warned they could have no option but to approve them at planning next week.

And local community leaders - who had called for the shops plans to be scrapped - have now dropped their objections.

Coun Barbara Nash, who represents Heyhouses ward, said: “We have really got our hands tied unfortunately and there’s nothing much we can do. Due to the Government proviso where we have to build housing and have a five year supply, which at the moment we don’t, if we reject the housing and go to appeal we will probably lose.

“The local councillors have discussed it and we don’t think we can go against it because it is so much housing.”

Telereal Trillium want to build a food store and commercial space to house shops, offices, restaurants or cafes, up to 250 houses and a rest home or retirement village with up to 85 apartments on the Heyhouses Lane site.

In the committee report it states the potential impact of the shops “is not sufficiently great to justify refusal”.

St Annes Town Council is continuing to object to the plans and the local branch of the chamber of trade has also repeatedly voiced objections.

The meeting takes place on Wednesday at 10am in St Margarets church hall, St Leonards Road West, St Annes.