Narrow road scuppers developers’ homes bid on part of Marton Moss

Coun Lynn Williams
Coun Lynn Williams
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Developers have lost their bid to build homes on part of Marton Moss after councillors ruled a rural road was too narrow to cope with the additional traffic which would be generated.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee turned down an application by Denmack Holdings for four detached bungalows on land off Stockydale Road.

The scheme had been recommended for approval by planning officers, who said the principle of development was already in place because planning permission already exists for houses on the nearby former Beguley’s Garden Centre with access from Midgeland Road.

But 18 objections had been received mainly from people living in the area.

They warned the road could not be widened enough to create enough space for additional traffic.

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Speaking after the meeting, planning chairman Coun Lynn Williams (pictured) said members of the committee had agreed with the residents’ concerns.

She said: “The site was originally part of a bigger planning application including the land at Baguleys.

“That was granted planning permission with access off Midgeland Road.

“We understood the developer would widen Stockydale Road, but we had lots of concerns around highways safety because it’s a very busy, narrow road.

“We felt this scheme would make it unsafe for pedestrians and other road users.”