Eyesore site homes plan

The eastern end of Lytham, including Stanways and other industrial units
The eastern end of Lytham, including Stanways and other industrial units
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PLANS have been submitted for new homes to be built on wasteland in Lytham.

Kensington Developments have handed over designs to the council to build 15 mews houses and 19 apartments on the former Ford Stanways site on Preston Road, Lytham.

The land has stood empty for five years since proposals for a health centre were turned down on the site.

However, the latest set of plans handed to Fylde Council have been welcomed by local councillors.

Coun Kathleen Harper, Fylde councillor for St John’s ward, says the current plans are much better for Lytham than those submitted in the past.

She said: “Other plans for the site looked like prison blocks and that was why it was turned down.

“If it’s not overcrowded then I’m glad it’s being developed after all these years and I’m all for it because it’s not creeping into the green belt.

“It has been a bit of an eyesore in that area and with everything gearing up towards the Open Golf, it’s going to look better for people coming into the town.”

A 2,400sq metre health centre had been planned to be built on the site in 2005, but it was never given the go-ahead, as residents complained it was too far away from the centre of Lytham.

The centre would have created 25 new jobs and combined Lytham’s two existing GP practices as part of the £6m building.

Coun Brenda Ackers, conservative councillor for St John’s ward, added: “This will be much better than an empty space.

“The development has to be an attractive one as this area of the town is developing very nicely.”

Coun Tim Ashton, of Lytham Town Trust, also backed the plans for new homes.

He added: “It has been an eyesore for far too long and I welcome this.

“The area has public transport links and it’s easy to get to from Lytham Square, being on a main road. I don’t have a problem with it.”