HUNDREDS of new homes are set to transform a former office complex after councillors decided they could no longer stand in a developer’s way.
And thousands will be spent on improving the entrance to St Annes town centre after the development on the former Premium Bonds site was given the go-ahead.
Fylde Councillors turned down Telereal Trillium’s plans for homes, shops and on the Heyhouses Lane land just weeks ago amid fears about the impact on St Annes town centre, but yesterday they decided they could no longer stand in the way of the development.
It means up to 250 homes will be built on the site alongside a food store and two smaller units, and the developer will hand over £350,000 to revamp The Crescent.
Coun Ben Aitken said: “The application got the full go-ahead with the proviso the size of the retail element is limited and they will not try and expand.
“We’ve approved new homes on this particular application and the retail element will only be a little bit bigger than the Lidl store in Lytham
“£350,000 has been given for town centre development around The Crescent area and that’s a big plus.”
Councillors had been warned government pressure to have a five-year supply of houses meant if they refused the application a second time they would be unlikely to win an appeal.
The developer said it now hopes to move forward “as quickly as possible” and a spokesman said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the planning committee meeting.
“The Heyhouses Lane site has remained vacant for some time and we look forward to progressing plans to bring it back into use, so that it can once again make a positive contribution to the local area.
“This mixed use development, which could provide up to 250 new homes, including affordable housing, as well as healthcare and retail elements, will create a vibrant new space and provide valuable local employment.”