Veto on the cards for shopping hub

The old Premium Bonds site at Heyhouses Lane/Moorland Road, St Annes

The old Premium Bonds site at Heyhouses Lane/Moorland Road, St Annes

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A MASSIVE out-of-town development of homes and shops looks set to be thrown out – to the delight of business leaders.

There were fears St Annes town centre could be devastated if a new supermarket, shops, restaurants and takeaways were built on the town’s former Premium Bonds site, on Heyhouses Lane – dragging shoppers away from already recession hit shopping areas.

But Fylde Council planning chiefs have recommended the plans are thrown out when they go before councillors next week.

Delighted

And St Annes Chamber of Trade said they were “delighted” at the move to knock back Telereal Trillium’s proposals.

John Moxham, the chamber’s chairman, said: “I’m the first one who is very cynical when councils talk about consultation but this time there’s been a good consultation process and the council have actually listened to us.

“Both Lytham and St Annes are good town centres in these hard times and this development would suck the lifeblood out of them.

“We want to see the Heyhouses Lane site as a mixed business and residential development, with mainly offices and small businesses – something which provides employment.

“This recommendation sends out a message to future developers – you’re welcome but you must fit with out economic framework.”

The report from the council’s planning officers, due to go before Wednesday’s meeting, states the retail element “jeopardises” planned investment to enhance St Annes and is therefore contrary to the council’s planning policy.

As well as a supermarket, Telereal wants to provide 930 square metres of commercial floor space for shops, professional services, restaurants and cafes, takeaways or community uses.

The residential element of the scheme comprises of 250 homes and a residential care institution or an 85-apartment retirement village.

Parts of the site would remain in business use, with those to the west of the site boundary and close to Shepherd Road occupied by EDS.

The planning committee meets on Wednesday, February 29, at 10am in St Margaret’s Church Hall, St Leonard’s Road West, St Annes.

The firm declined to comment ahead of the meeting.