Food store row

An aerial view of the site in Warton
An aerial view of the site in Warton
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BUSINESSES are gearing up to fight plans for a village supermarket for a third time.

Developer Darrell Brooks has returned for a second time with plans to build a new food store in Warton, after losing out following a planning appeal last year.

The latest application is for a much smaller main store – 4,000sq ft as oppose to 15,000 – but the local business group said they will still fight to see the application thrown out.

Kirkham and Wesham Business Group chief Elaine Silverwood, who led the fight against BAE’s bid to create a retail development in the village two years ago, said: “My feelings have not changed, we are opposed to any out of town retail unit because of the negative impact it will have not just on Freckleton village centre but also the high street in Kirkham.

“We’ve now got a Lidl (in Lytham), and that’s busy and will have pulled from other businesses in Lytham as well as in Kirkham.

“I just feel strongly high streets are really struggling and we’re supposed to protect them, I don’t think it makes any difference it’s an application for a smaller store.”

As well as the 4,000sq ft unit on the George’s Garage site, on Lytham Road, the application is also for a smaller 1,000 sq ft store.

It’s hoped the development would employ 18 staff.

Mr Brooks’ agent Steven Hartley said: “The appeal was lost on its size as much as anything. We’re hoping the much reduced size will be acceptable.”