Just days to fight farm homes plan

The land off the Kirkham bypass where 180 homes could be built.
The land off the Kirkham bypass where 180 homes could be built.
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OBJECTORS to the development of 180 homes on rural greenfield are being urged to have their say before it’s too late.

Gladman Developments Limited says Fylde Council failed to made a decision over its plans to build the homes at Little Turnbrick Farm on the Kirkham bypass in time.

Despite the council’s Development Management Committee voting against the application last month, the developer says it was beyond the 13 week deadline for a decision.

The committee refused the application after hearing how dangerous the bypass, on Blackpool Road, was.

Coun Elaine Silverwood, who represents Kirkham on Fylde Council, said anyone who wanted to fight the appeal had until Monday to send letters to the planning inspectorate.

She added: “We know 
residents and councillors want to fight this application.

“The development is unsustainable, and it is beyond the hard-line boundaries of Kirkham on the bypass – it’s on such a busy road – for years residents have been asking me for bus stops on Blackpool Road, but the police and highways officers it’s too dangerous for a road with a history of accidents and even death.”

A Gladman spokesman said: “Developing this site in this sustainable location will directly assist the council by beginning to address shortage of homes now. It will deliver a high quality scheme which will be enjoyed by current and future generations.

“The council acknowledges that the site is situated in a sustainable location and is entirely suitable for housing purposes.

“The site already benefits from planning permission for the storage of 80 touring caravans and ancillary accommodation and therefore is regarded as previously developed land.

Anyone wishing to write must send their views to The Planning Inspectorate, Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

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