More homes will ‘rip the village apart’

Mike Wright, of Warton Residents Against Poor Planning (WRAPP)
Mike Wright, of Warton Residents Against Poor Planning (WRAPP)
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Campaigners today warned more houses being built in Warton will “rip the community apart”.

The warning comes after the green light was given for plans by Prospect GB Ltd to build a further 83 houses on land to the west of the village by Fylde Council’s development management committee.

Several Warton residents spoke out against the plans in a debate held at Lowther Pavilion, Lytham.

Graham Dewhurst said: “I used to live in a city.

“I moved to Warton because I want to live in a village.

“Developments like this will rip our community apart.”

He added: “In future, will I be saying I used to live in a village - now I live in a city?”

Fiona Ashworth, from Church Road, Warton, told the committee: “You should be representing people like myself and protecting the character of all Fylde’s villages.

“Local councillors have a duty of care to address this issue and protect us.

“Warton is under siege form ad hoc planning applications.”

The development at land off Lytham Road will see a mixture of two, three and four bedroom houses built - a combination which was criticised by committee member Coun Maxine Chew.

Coun Chew said: “Fylde is a beautiful place and it’s just been nibbled away at - but it’s not been nibbled away at, it’s disappearing in chunks.

“If we need to sacrifice countryside, it would be better if the children of residents who live there now who wish to remain local could purchase a low cost house.

“The schedule here says 43 four bed detached houses, which is not a first time buyer’s home. Not even a three bed detached house is a first time buyer’s home.

“This isn’t helping local people stay local.”

Recently councillors have gone against officers’ recommendations in turning down applications for new homes in Wesham and Staining, but the vote was passed by nine to seven.

Mike Wright, from campaign group Warton Residents Against Poor Planning, said he is disappointed by the outcome but hopes to work with the developer to secure more infrastructure as part of the project.

He said: “We’re just hugely disappointed. Our feeling is they didn’t listen to the residents and the parish councillors. I would hope that we will get into a dialogue with the developer to see if we can see some further benefit for the community, because there’s not a great deal in it for us at the moment.”