Vital link road could get go-ahead

Traffic on North Houses Lane, where Lancashire County Council want to build the M55 link road
Traffic on North Houses Lane, where Lancashire County Council want to build the M55 link road
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A VITAL road linking St Annes to the motorway could be given the go-ahead when county councillors meet to discuss the plans today.

Residents have spoken of fears the M55 link road – which the county council’s planning committee is recommended to approve – could pave the way for Kensington Developments to win permission for their controversial Queensway housing estate.

And, despite a pledge from Kensington to fund the key route if they win planning permission, local councillors have said the two developments should be treated separately. County Coun Howard Henshaw, who represents St Annes North, said: “We need that link road. We should have had that link road when Cypress Point, another Kensington development, was first built 10 years ago.

“Kensington have put in this bid to develop 1,150 houses but I think the two items should be kept separate.

Yes, we want the Moss Road, but we don’t want it to be coupled with this development.”

Kensington’s bid to build the 1,150 home estate – dubbed the “New Fylde Village” – was rejected at appeal last year, but changes in legislation mean Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for communities and local government, must now reconsider the application.

The road would run parallel to the existing North Houses Lane.