Controversial home plan gets green light

An artist's impression of the housing development and (below) Coun David Henderson who said it made good use of the area of land.
An artist's impression of the housing development and (below) Coun David Henderson who said it made good use of the area of land.
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Controversial plans to build 64 new homes in Garstang have won the backing of planners.

The council’s planning committee has given Redrow Homes outline planning permission to build on The Toppings, a stretch of empty land in a residential part of the town.

Coun David Henderson

Coun David Henderson

Planners received 60 letters of objection to the proposals, with many stating they felt Garstang did not need another housing estate, as homes in the area were already struggling to be sold.

They also expressed concerns about whether the introduction of more homes could lead to more traffic congestion.

Bill Yates, a neighbour on The Toppings, said: “The most obvious pitfall is the significant increase in traffic volume, causing bottlenecks on Byerworth Lane, Brooklands Drive, The Toppings and Leathercote.

Anthony Rimmer, a resident of Leathercote, added: “I cannot remember a time when it has not been possible to purchase a property similar to those proposed by Redrow in the local area.

“Typically houses are up for sale for a number of months suggesting to me that there is no shortage of similar properties in the local area, thus implying no need for additional properties.”

Coun David Henderson, chairman of Wyre’s planning committee, explained the reasons for approving the application.

He said: “We granted permission because it made good use of an area of land.

“The members were very pleased to see the trees and the hedgerows will remain on the land.

“There was opposition from householders in the immediate area.

“But in planning terms there was no reason to refuse it.”

A spokesman for Redrow said they will now work on the details of their scheme.

He said: “Our plans will deliver high quality two, three and four-bedroom family homes from our popular Heritage Collection and will include an element of affordable homes.

“We will also make improvements to Footpath 100 along the river Wyre and upgrade two existing bus stops.”

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