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£9.8m homes plan for port moves closer

How the new building on Chatsworth Avenue will look
How the new building on Chatsworth Avenue will look

A new £9.8m housing development on a Fleetwood estate looks set to press ahead imminently.

The plans for the new homes on the West View estate, consisting of 72 flats, are finally progressing after being in the pipeline for more than five years.

Residents living to close to Wansbeck House are unhappy about new plans for the site.  Pictured are George Leonard MBE with dog Gizmo, Dorothy Leonard, Alan Johnson and Jean Johnson.

Residents living to close to Wansbeck House are unhappy about new plans for the site. Pictured are George Leonard MBE with dog Gizmo, Dorothy Leonard, Alan Johnson and Jean Johnson.

After lengthy delays, Regenda Homes has now named the contractor which will be carrying out the bulk of the work.

Construction is expected to begin on the extra care homes, a form of sheltered housing, before the summer but Regenda says more details will be announced imminently, including a name for the building.

The development is triple the size of the previous Regenda premises on the site, Wansbeck House, which was demolished last August.

Regenda says the new development will offer considerably more modern accommodation than its predecessor, including therapy rooms, a lounge, and function rooms.

Wansbeck House has since been demolished

Wansbeck House has since been demolished

However, not everyone is happy with the development.

Residents in the immediate vicinity were furious about the size and scale of the proposed new building and unhappy that Wyre planners approved it.

Some 75 letters of objection were presented to planners.

One of the protesters was Alan Johnson, of The Croft, Fleetwood, who said: “This building is too big and out of keeping with the neighbourhood and I wish they had listened to local people.”

But Regenda says the new plans are a big improvement and Gareth Wyatt, development project manager at Regenda Homes, said: “We are delighted to appoint Bardsley as the main contractor.”