Thousands of homes needed

A new housing development at Hawley Gardens, Thornton

A new housing development at Hawley Gardens, Thornton

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MORE than 3,400 new homes need to be built in Wyre by 2028, according to new figures.

The number was revealed as part of a wider review into plans for development in the borough over the next 15 years.

‘Wyre Core Strategy – shaping the future from fells to shore’ sets out a vision for growth, including where new homes, employment and shops will be located as well as which areas will be regenerated and conserved.

It will be discussed at a meeting of Wyre Council’s cabinet committee tomorrow.

And if approved, the views of residents, business owners and community groups will be sought in a public consultation before a final version of the strategy is eventually submitted for Government inspection.

In the report, David Thow, head of development control, said: “The proposed strategy would entail the provision of sufficient land to enable the delivery of a minimum of 5,470 new dwellings between 2003 to 2028.”

The review will also look at the provision of affordable housing in the borough.

According to figures there is a need for around 570 new affordable homes in Wyre.

Mr Thow said the borough continues to hit its annual target of 206 homes, despite opposition from residents.

He added: “When it comes to affordable housing we need a more collaborative approach involving ward councillors and parishes.”

Coun Gordon McCann, economy portfolio holder at Wyre Council said: “This is the council’s most important planning document and will influence decisions future planning applications.”