Call to arms over 360 homes plan

Fylde councillor Julie Brickles
Fylde councillor Julie Brickles
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Opponents to a 360 home plan in a Fylde village have called on residents to fight against “their countryside disappearing into concrete”

Hallam Land Management has submitted an application to Fylde Council for the development, which has been earmarked for land at Blackfield End Farm, off Church Road, Warton.

But pressure group Warton Residents Against Poor Planning (WRAPP) says the village will be unable to cope with the scale of the plans, should they be given the green light.

The group is set to hold a demonstration outside St Annes United Reformed Church from 9.30am this morning, ahead of a stakeholders meeting between councillors and housing companies to discuss the general future of development in South Fylde.

WRAPP spokesman Mike Wright said: “If people don’t want to see their countryside disappear into concrete and see Fylde disappear into an urban sprawl, get down there.

“It’s almost our final attempt to stop development across Fylde.

“This is going to mean a significant increase in the size of the village.”

Coun Julie Brickles, who represents Warton on Fylde Council, said: “(Hallam) are very much pre-empting the local plan and my biggest concern is the infrastructure needed to foster such a development.”

WRAPP has raised concerns that it will not be given a chance to speak at today’s stakeholders meeting, which will be held from 10am.

A spokesman for Fylde Council said: “Residents interests will be represented by elected councillors for the ward, and from the parish council.”

Despite repeated attempts to contact Hallam Land Management, no-one was available for comment.