Planners throw out green belt project

Land at Lambs Road, Thornton
Land at Lambs Road, Thornton
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Community leaders have welcomed a decision by councillors to throw out plans for 165 homes on open countryside.

Wyre Council’s planning committee rejected proposals by Wain Homes for the development on land off Lambs Road in Thornton on Wednesday.

Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace

The development was rejected by all but one of the committee, who abstained.

Wyre MP Ben Wallace said the rejection sent a strong message to developers.

He added: “I am delighted with the result and I congratulate all residents who fought hard against this development which, I fear could have opened the door for further development in the immediate area.

“I would also like to thank the members of the planning committee who, are best placed to make decisions which will ultimately effect the local community.

“This decision sends a strong message to developers that local communities must be listened to and I urge Wain Homes to do just that.

“The land in question is designated as ‘countryside’ and as a result is afforded some protection and it was for this reason that the application was rejected.

“I am somewhat shocked however that neither the Local Highways Authority (LCC) nor Highways England objected to this application on traffic grounds.

“For more than a decade I have represented the people of Thornton and as long as I can remember the roads have been full to capacity. It is very disappointing that the LCC and Highways England have paid lip service to their statuary obligations to ensure planning does not unreasonably impact on our road network.”

The application had been recommended for approval by planning officers due to its “strategic importance” and “public interest,” but close to 900 people responded to the application – many against the plans.