Snubbed developer hits back

Redrow sign erected at Lytham St Annes Way, Blackpool.

Redrow sign erected at Lytham St Annes Way, Blackpool.

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A DEVELOPMENT of almost 100 homes could be built on an isolated piece of countryside after plans for a much smaller estate were thrown out by councillors.

Redrow Homes said they were “disappointed” Fylde Council rejected their bid to build 62 homes on the site of the former Hollywood Nurseries, off Whitehill Road, Westby.

But the land already has outline planning permission for almost 100 homes after a successful 2009 appeal by Kensington Developments – and Redrow Homes has said it will now pursue that application.

It means councillors – who branded the idea of developing the area “disgraceful” during a recent meeting – would be unable to refuse the principle of homes being built on the site.

Redrow is also planning to drag the council through another appeal to win permission for its smaller development.

Coun Kiran Mulholland, one of the development control committee members who spoke out against the development, said: “They are fully entitled to apply for the reserved matters on the original application.

“As for putting an appeal in against the refusal that’s no surprise, it’s what we were expecting.

“We’re looking at a different planning rule book than when the appeal inspector gave the original approval and I really don’t think an isolated site such as this is appropriate for residential development.

“I think most people if they were asked to use common sense would say it was a strange place for residential development.”

Westby Coun Susan Ashton lives close to the proposed development on Peel Road.

She is also against the idea of development in the area and said: “I think it’s terrible they could build it anyway because the arguments against it are still there.

“I would not even look at a house on there – outside the development there are no lights and no footpaths.

“This is bringing people onto a site where they are going to have a lot of problems.”

A Redrow spokesman said: “We are disappointed after almost 12 months of negotiations the council should reach this decision.

“We are keen to invest in Fylde and create employment. We will be, of course, appealing this decision and submitting a reserved matters application on the original approval.

“We wish to make no further comments on this matter as we have further developments yet to be determined in Fylde.”