The biggest application in decades to build new housing in the Garstang area has now been formally submitted to Wyre Council.
The application, described as “large scale major outline”, is for the erection of up to 320 homes, nearly a third of which would be affordable housing, and leisure, employment, retail and hotel uses.
The Nateby development site is described on the council website as “land south of Croston Barn Lane and west of The A6, Cabus”.
It covers some 38.6 acres and is bounded by Preston/Lancaster New Road, Croston Barn Lane and Nateby Crossing Lane. New access points off the A6 and Nateby Crossing Lane are also proposed to improve access to the site.
The application says the land is currently used as “low quality agricultural land and some five acres have been reserved for public open space and a combined footway/cycleway along the line of the former Garstang to Knott End railway line.
It states that the development “represents a new opportunity to provide homes in sufficient quantities to allow Garstang to contribute to the wider housing needs of Wyre”.
The breakdown of the site is 10 acres for employment, 3.27 acres executive (low density) housing, 17.6 acres mixed density housing, 3.2 acres near parkland and 2.35 acres of structured planting and screening.
It is anticipated there could be 20 executive homes and around 300 other homes.
The employment zone could include a hotel, coffee shop and a leisure centre and pool as well as nursery business units and an office park - but it is stressed such uses are “indicative only”.
The application, by MCK Associates of Fulwood, is on behalf of promoters J Chippendale Ltd.
The site itself is in split ownership. The owners are the Chippendale family, comprising twins Robert of Scorton, Andrew of Forton and sister Amanda Harris of Nateby; William Melling Colinson of Cockerham and Edward and Marjorie Swarbrick of Nateby. The council has set a target date of August 29 to decide on the application.