Voles put paid to housing scheme

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Hopes of building new homes on the site of a caravan showroom look set to be dashed due to lack of a vole survey.

The application to build three terraced houses, four semi-detached homes and six detached bungalows on land at Stewart Longton Caravans, on Common Edge Road, Marton, is being recommended for refusal at Blackpool Council’s planning committee on Monday.

The application is also seeking permission for streetworks, parking, a bin store and landscaping following demolition of existing buildings. A report to the committee says part of the proposal lies on land which is protected by countryside policies.

It adds: “Although the site is a sustainable location, the absence of a water vole survey means the proposal must be refused on lack of information from which to make an informed decision.”

Other reasons for recommending refusal are closeness to existing homes, poor layout and inadequate parking provision.