Developer’s homes bid set to be turned down

Whitehills Business Park, Westby
Whitehills Business Park, Westby
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A DEVELOPER’S bid to create a new housing estate on the edge of Blackpool looks set to be thwarted after councillors were recommended to throw out the proposals.

Kensington Developments controversially won permission at appeal to build 96 homes on land at Whitehills Business Park, Westby, and the company is now bidding to build a further 48 homes across two neighbouring sites.

But Fylde councillors are expected to block the bid when they meet on Wednesday over fears about the site’s remote location and the destruction of countryside.

In a report to councillors, planning officer Andrew Stell said: “In their favour, the proposals would provide a contribution towards housing supply in the borough and to affordable housing.

“To counter that the site is in a location that is remote from shops, services, schools and leisure facilities. The residential developments proposed will conflict with the designation of the land in the Fylde Borough Local Plan as countryside.”

Kensington is hoping to build 10 homes – reduced from an original proposal to build 28 – on the former Westfield Nurseries site and the remaining 38 on land adjacent to the Honda dealership.

“I’m not surprised it’s recommended for refusal,” said Coun Barbara Douglas, who represents Westby.

“It’s not somewhere where they should be building. There’s no footpath, no lights and no drainage. It’s not the right place – it’s in the middle of nowhere and the people that live up there don’t want these houses.”

As part of the Hollywood Nurseries application Kensington pledged to provide a bus route passing the site, a convenience store and cycle lane improvements.

But Mr Stell criticised the fact the two new applications planned to rely on these provisions – despite there being no guarantee the Hollywood Nurseries development would go ahead.

Kensington sold the Hollywood Nurseries site to developer Redrow Homes last year, and an application to build 60 homes on the site is with Fylde Council.

The council’s development control committee is due to meet in the United Reformed Church, St George’s Road, St Annes, at 10.30am on Wednesday.