Plan for 162 homes gets the go-ahead

An aerial view of the old Premium Bonds site at Heyhouses Lane/Moorland Road, St Annes.
An aerial view of the old Premium Bonds site at Heyhouses Lane/Moorland Road, St Annes.
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A major development which will see houses, a supermarket and a pub built has been given the green light.

Fylde Council’s development management committee approved the 162 home plan on the former Deparment for Work and Pensions site, off Heyhouses Lane, St Annes.

A Booths supermarket will also be built on the site as well as a Jospeh Holt gastro-pub.

The plans for the housing saw 12 out of 14 members of the committee, which met at St Annes Town Hall yesterday, vote in favour of the supermarket.

However, Coun Kevin Eastham voted against the idea on the grounds it would adversely affect trade in St Annes town centre.

Coun Eastham, who serves as the committee’s vice chairman, told the meeting: “I will not be voting for it because I don’t want to be party to seeing St Annes centre damaged in that way.

“We’re just trying to get too much out of this site.”

Developers Morris Homes will build 132 houses, while Hollinwood Homes will build 30 houses. Sixteen of the dwellings constructed will be designated as affordable housing. A previous application had proposed 250 houses be built on the site.

Coun Linda Nulty voted against accepting the application after expressing her disappointment that a higher number of new houses had not been included in the plans to help relieve pressure on Fylde’s five year housing plan.

She told the meeting: “I do feel that if we’re really trying to up our numbers then we really have to look at a higher density, and although it’s very nice to have properties spaced out like this I’m of the opinion

that it could be a higher density.”

Coun Ben Aitken, who chairs the committee, said: “We’re criticised if we jam them in and criticised if we spread them out, so I think this is quite a reasonable proposal in front of us.”

All 14 members of the committee voted in favour of the pub being built.