Village shops plan set to go ahead

Fylde Town Hall and (below) Coun Liz Oades
Fylde Town Hall and (below) Coun Liz Oades
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A CONTROVERSIAL new development of village shops is poised to finally get the green light.

Darryl Brooks has lodged plans to build two new shops on the former Georges Garage site, in Lytham Road, Warton, and submitted a separate application for up to 16 houses on the land behind.

The retail application, which also includes office and storage space, has attracted criticism from Kirkham and Wesham Business Group, Freckleton Parish Council and Kirkham Town Council, who all believe the development would damage neighbouring village and town centres.

But Warton Parish Council has raised no objection to the plans, and planners at Fylde Council are recommending that the development management committee approves the plans when it meets in St Annes Town Hall on Wednesday.

An appeal against refusal of planning permission for a larger store was dismissed because of the potential impact on neighbouring centres and the same application is currently the subject of an appeal after councillors failed to deal with it within the time allowed.

But the plans were discussed at a meeting in June, and the report to Wednesday’s meeting states: “At that time members resolved that the retail impact, design, and neighbour relationships were acceptable.” The report adds that it was deemed there were no “preferable” sites for the store to be developed on and that it should be given the go-ahead.

The new estate, which would be accessed off Post Lane, is also recommended for approval.

All 16 of the houses – expected to be three-bedroom semi-detached properties – would be marketed as affordable homes, and the council state the plan would provide “much needed affordable housing”.

Kirkham Town Council has said it would support developing the brownfield site for homes.

The meeting takes place at 10am.

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