Rid us of eyesore!

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WORK to complete a seafront “eyesore” is set to resume.

Plans for a £3.5m, 34 apartment block in Knott End were approved by Wyre Council in 2007.

But residents expressed concerns when work on the prestigious waterfront development came to a halt less than a year later and has remained unfinished ever since.

Developers, Bolton-based Hurstwood Group, said work had stopped when part of its company went into administration following problems on another site.

But Wyre Council’s planning committee has now given an application for the addition of six apartment blocks the go-ahead.

Speaking on behalf of Hurstwood, Trevor Ashworth told the committee without the increase in the number of flats, the site would not be viable in today’s market conditions.

He said it would never be economic to complete and the building site would remain in the prominent position seafront position with the current economy.

Mr Ashworth told members he hoped work would start as soon as possible.

But Paul Moon, ward councillor for Preesall, has continued to voice his concerns.

He said: “Right from the start I wasn’t happy with the design and another block of flats being built on the sea front.

“I didn’t like the design when you set it against the traditional buildings alongside it, such as the Bourne Arms and the Ferry Cafe.

“I appreciate the building is an eyesore but I don’t agree with the notion that because it is an eyesore you can put anything in its place.

“Knott End is a distinct area, it is like building something on Blackpool Promenade, you have to think carefully about what you are doing. Hurstwood obviously think there is a need for flats in the area, I hope they are right, I wouldn’t want them to stand empty once they are built.”

But a spokesman for Hurstwood said: “The massing of the development is very similar to the original design, it is not overbearing.”

Building work must begin within three years, although it is hoped work will start this summer with the first apartments ready for autumn 2013.”

Commenting on the design Wyre planners said: “The site is clearly visible from Fleetwood and it is suggested a location such as this, on the headland, needs a key building that makes a statement.”