‘Floodgates’ fears over homes plan

Site of the former GEC Marconi factory in Warton.
Site of the former GEC Marconi factory in Warton.
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Villagers today told of growing fears a plan for homes on a greenfield site in Warton could “open the floodgates” for further development.

Fylde Council’s development management committee is set to decide next Wednesday whether to give the green light to the proposal from 13 properties at Nine Acres Nursery, off Harbour Lane.

The recommendation to committee members is to grant approval for the greenfields site.

Coun Julie Brickles, who chairs Warton Parish Council, said: “People are objecting to that.

“It’s seen as the thin end of the wedge.

“It does open up quite a big area. That opens up the floodgates for Warton.”

A statement by the parish council, noting its objection, adds: “This development was not included or part of the previous development proposals for this site and exceeds the new housing provision in the area agreed with the council.

“There was no advance communication with the parish council regarding the proposal for additional housing units and it is viewed as pre-emptive of the borough local plan which has not yet completed public consultation stage and further development in this location is subject to challenge, review and amendment.”

Warton Residents Against Poor Planning (WRAPP) has also raised concerns over the plan. Spokesman Mike Wright said: “The need for more four bedroom executive houses in the area has been questioned given the volume of existing detached houses up for sale (in Warton).”

A comment on behalf of developer Warton Developments on the agenda report states: “A pond and embankment would be retained and an area of public open space formed.

“It is proposed to plant trees, shrubs and hedges and create a wildlife meadow and ecological corridor.”

The meeting will be held at St Annes Town Hall from 10am next Wednesday.