Homes bid in for sixth time

Land off Mowbreck Lane, in Wesham, where councillors are fighting plans to build homes.
Land off Mowbreck Lane, in Wesham, where councillors are fighting plans to build homes.
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COUNCILLORS have blocked a sixth attempt to build homes on greenfield land.

Members of Fylde Development Management Committee voted not to determine a resubmitted application for the development in Wrea Green – a proposal that has already been rejected five times by the committee, the planning inspectorate and the secretary of state.

Developer Metacre Limited was most recently refused permission to build up to 100 homes on Mobreck Lane by the committee in September. It has appealed the decision, and a hearing is due to take place in March.

In the meantime, Metacre has submitted identical plans to be considered by Fylde Council.

Members of the committee, which met at St Annes United Reformed Church yesterday, voted to decline determination of the application.

Coun Heather Speak said: “This is identical to what we had before us in September. I am annoyed and disappointed that it is before us again.

“I believe the committee is being worn down deliberately – when does no mean no?”

Coun Peter Hardy added: “To me, the developer is just trying to pull the wool over our eyes.”

But Coun Trevor Fiddler, cabinet member for planning and development, argued members should have determined the application, in case the developer took the vote to judicial review.

He said: “If the committee decides not to determine the application before us, it could be dangerous and open us up to legal challenge.”

Members were split in their vote, but the decision not to determine the homes plan was carried by one vote.

Speaking after the vote, David Rowe from Wesham Action Group, said: “Common sense has prevailed.”

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