January date to revisit huge housing proposal

A view from one of the houses on Moss House Road showing the land in question. Below: Coun Mark Smith.
A view from one of the houses on Moss House Road showing the land in question. Below: Coun Mark Smith.
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A decision on controversial plans to build 584 houses on land at Marton Moss has been postponed.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee voted to defer the application by Kensington Developments which is seeking detailed approval for the new homes on Moss House Road. It was granted outline permission for the scheme in 2010.

Coun Mark Smith

Coun Mark Smith

Coun Mark Smith proposed a decision was deferred until negotiations between the council and the developer into how bins on the estate were emptied were concluded.

It means the item will not go back before the planning committee until January 13.

As a result Kensington’s appeal to revoke an agreement to pay £9m towards affordable housing, which is a condition of the outline planning approval, will have been heard first.

Angelia Hinds, from the Save Our Moss campaign, and Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden had both called for the decision to be deferred until after the appeal scheduled for January 7.

Mrs Hinds told the meeting: “I would ask you to defer this item until the result of the appeal regarding the 106 affordable housing contribution has been heard.”

She added: “Please do not allow the urbanisation of the Moss to be a meaningless sacrifice when you have it in your power for it to include a contribution to the regeneration of Blackpool.”

Committee chairman Coun David Owen said councillors could only make a decision based on the merit of the application before them, which was recommended for approval.

However councillors said they were concerned proposals for waste servicing of the new homes were not in place and agreed to defer the item.

A report said information did not demonstrate whether a standard refuse vehicle could “manoeuvre as required.”

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