The project was initially proposed in 2014 and was rejected – but a subsequent appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in January and February 2017 saw the council’s decision overturned.
Eleven objections have already been lodged with the council from concerned residents, who cited possible traffic problems and a lack of nearby services to accommodate a large increase in population.
One resident said: “It has been shown quite convincingly that the vast majority of local people of Garstang do not want this development. There is no evidence that the current infrastructure in Garstang is capable of absorbing another development that would possible increase the population by 650 plus. No new schools, doctors, dentists, car parking, etc.
“Whilst there is mention of commercial property the development could never provide employment for the increased number of residents.
Nateby Parish Council also objected to the proposed creation of a signalised pedestrian crossing as an alternative to the old railway tunnel once used as an underpass on the A6. Parish clerk Melanie Harben said: “There are a lot of children who cross the road and it is believed that an underpass offers better safety considering how busy the A6 is.”