Derelict farm left to rot to get new lease of life

Plans have been submitted to redevelop the derelict former Normoss Farm site on Normoss Road, Normoss
Plans have been submitted to redevelop the derelict former Normoss Farm site on Normoss Road, Normoss
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  • Former farm site has stood empty and grown derelict over decades
  • Now developers are proposing to convert farmhouse type properties and outbuildings into modern homes
  • Neighbours have already voiced support for the land to have a new lease of life
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A derelict farm site left to decay for a decade could finally have a new lease of life if planning proposals for a housing development are approved.

Developer Kensington House Trust Ltd has applied to Wyre Council to revamp the former Normoss Farm site, on Normoss Road in Normoss, which lies between Poulton and Blackpool.

The Trust is proposing to convert the residential buildings and outbuildings into 21 homes, comprising six two-bed, nine three-bed and five four-bed homes, and one one-bed flat.

The site is currently home to four two and three-bed flats. A number of other buildings on the site had to be demolished in recent years over safety fears.

Some of the buildings on the site date back around 350 years, having been a working farm with a thatched roof property farmhouse, but was closed down in 1964.

A spokesman for the developers said: “The proposed development has been designed to be rural in character and to have the appearance of a farmstead.

“It has considerable merit in planning terms, and will result in significant benefits to the immediate surrounding area.

“It is considered that the impact of the application on the local area is entirely acceptable and would be far more appropriate than that which currently exists.”

The proposal has already had the backing of one neighbour, who wrote to the council to “urge” them to approve it.

Howard Robinson said: “The land and buildings in their current state is detrimental to the area and redevelopment is essential.

“In my view the proposal will make a positive contribution to the area.”

The Normoss Farm site had been set to be developed as a holiday village for terminally ill children, by owners Kensington House Trust, the charitable arm of Kensington Developments, in 2009. It had been planned that 24 flats and holiday cottages, an animal petting area, lakes and outdoor leisure facilities would go on the site.

But the scheme never took off due to the housing crash. Before that the land had been used as caravan park and for storage.

A spokesman for Kensington House Trust said: “The collapse of the property market forced (us) to review (our) position and realise funds to allow (us) to continue to provide the care in which we specialise.”