Location hunt for new homes

Lynn Squires
Lynn Squires
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COUNCIL bosses are to look into the issue of affordable housing in a Fylde coast village.

A campaign by Hambleton Parish Council and local residents successfully turned back a planning application for 13 affordable homes on land at Salt Marsh Lane.

But parish council clerk Lynn Squires (right) insisted such homes would be welcomed in the right place.

She told the Gazette: “Hambleton is very much in favour of affordable housing if we can only get together and agree a location.

“We just felt this application was not in a suitable place for the people who were going live there.

“We were worried about houses to be built – the water has to go somewhere and if this was built the adjoining properties could get flooded.”

The scheme by Terra Nova Developments could have been run by a housing association and planning officers at Wyre Council recommended it for approval.

But members of the Planning Committee decided it would be out of place because it was on the edge of the village and would not integrate into the landscape.

Mrs Squires added: “We were lucky to have parish councillor Julie Robinson and Wyre councillor Lynne Bowen to speak for us.”

As well as the parish council there were objections from 17 residents complaining about parking problems flooding, alleged contamination of soil in the area and increase in noise.

The applicants pointed to the Rural Housing Needs Survey which said that Hambleton was short of 16 affordable homes.

The new properties would have gone to people with local links.

There were no objections from United Utilities, Lancashire County Council or Natural England.