Airport may fight new homes ruling

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BLACKPOOL Airport could ask the Government to overturn a housing decision it believes threatens its future.

Councillors defied the wishes of airport bosses as the green-light was given for dozens of homes to be built on the former Pontins site.

The approval came despite a second last-ditch plea from the airport, who wanted more time to prove noise levels at the site will rise unacceptably as their operation expands.

It means developers Northern Trust now have permission to build a further 73 homes on the Clifton Drive North site, on top of the 275 they won approval for last year.

But, addressing Fylde Council’s planning committee yesterday, the council’s assistant head of planning Mark Evans said the airport had already indicated they would take their fight against approval further.

Because of the nature of the application, the secretary of state has to rubber-stamp the approval and Mr Evans said: “The (airport) letter makes reference to the fact as this would have to be referred to the secretary of state, if the committee was minded to approve the application the airport would make strong recommendations to the secretary of state to encourage him to recover the application.”

The airport predicts it could expand around 800 per cent by 2030, making noise levels at the new homes unacceptable.

But committee councillors claimed the airport had already had enough time to carry out any surveys after the application was deferred last month.

Coun Tim Armit said: “The airport has for two months been writing these letters to us saying they are going to do something and not doing it so I can’t start to take that seriously.”

And Coun Linda Nulty added: “I am very concerned about the noise but I don’t know if this is going to be solved be deferring it, they’ve not come up with the goods.”

The only councillor to vote against disregarding the airport’s objections and approving the development was Coun Kevin Eastham, who raised concerns about a small portion of the site which falls within the Green Belt and said it was “wrong” to build on that land.