A controversial proposal to build 165 homes in Thornton which hundreds of people object to has been recommended for approval.
Wyre councillors will be advised by the authority’s planning officers that an outline application by Wain Homes to build the properties off Lambs Road should be given the go-ahead, at a planning meeting on August 5.
We know there’s a housing need, but it needs to be in the right places.Coun Kerry Jones
The recommendation has been referred to the planning committee, made up of elected members, due to its “strategic importance” and “public interest”, according to a planning report published ahead of the meeting.
The application has, to date, seen 882 responses to it from neighbours, with the vast majority objecting to the plans.
Examples of reasons cited by neighbours include:
> Road infrastructure “already at breaking point”;
> Increased population in will exasperate problems with limited NHS services;
> The site is a habitat for various protected species; and
> The size and scale of the development will blight the landscape.
And MP Ben Wallace, Conservative member for Wyre, has also raised “serious concerns” in his response to the plans.
He said: “If this planning application is granted permission it would demonstrate that planning in Wyre is developer-led rather than planner-led.”
Coun Kerry Jones, who represents the Staina ward, said: “The Save Our Stanah group is still going to fight this, based on planning law. We’re going to do everything we can to get our points across.
“We all know there’s a housing need but it needs to be in the right places.”
The 5.8 hectare site, a derelict pig farm, currently houses nine buildings and a farmyard and is identified in Wyre Council’s Local Plan as “countryside”.
The application seeks only outline planning permission for the development of up to 165 homes, with access from Lambs Road and Raikes Road, but documents submitted along with it show a feasibility sketch layout to “provide an example of how the site may be developed”.
An earlier outline application for the same land, for another residential development, submitted 20 years ago was refused.