Decision due on huge homes development

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Outline plans for a major new development featuring more than a thousand homes, a school, workplaces and leisure facilities have been recommended for approval.

Fylde Council officers said the large scale development at Whyndyke Farm – which will take about 15 years to develop in full – should be approved by councillors, subject to certain planning conditions.

It is the biggest application Fylde has ever dealt with and a major development.

Mark Evans, head of planning and regeneration at Fylde Council

Blackpool Council will also review the proposals later this month.

Fylde Council officer Kieran Birch said: “This is a major development that will inevitably change the character of this part of the borough.

“However, the proposal has been designed in a manner which retains the key features of the site, minimises impact on the surrounding area and will provide a significant economic benefit to the borough through the provision of much needed housing and employment land.” The proposals, for the land between Mythop Road, Preston New Road and the M55 motorway owned by the Oyston family and Northern Trust, have been on the cards since being submitted by the applicant, named only as Whyndyke, in 2011. Roads will link the site to Preston New Road and Mythop Road, and other elements of the scheme will include car parking, public open space, sports pitches and allotments.

Earlier this year Alban Cassidy, chartered town planner and environmental consultant at Preston-based architects Cassidy + Ashton, which has developed the scheme, said: “The development will help to meet the residential, retail and employment needs of the Fylde peninsula. In addition to a range of family housing and a number of local shops, the scheme will also include a large area of employment development which will support the creation of up to several hundred new jobs. ”

The council’s planning committee is to meet on Thursday from 10am at Fylde Town Hall to discuss the scheme.

Mark Evans, head of planning and regeneration at Fylde Council, said: “It is the biggest application Fylde has ever dealt with and a major development.

“The process has been drawn out because there are a lot of technical issues the application has had to address in relation particularly to highways and drainage.

“The applicant has had to work with three highways authorities – Lancashire, Blackpool and the Highways Agency – due to the proximity with the motorway – over concerns in regard to traffic generation.”