Renewed bid to build homes near listed cottages

Louise Brisco and Bev Lewis who own the cottages on Fishers Lane
Louise Brisco and Bev Lewis who own the cottages on Fishers Lane
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A developer has renewed its bid to build new houses overlooking two of Blackpool’s oldest properties.

Newfield Construction was refused planning permission in February for eight houses on land bounded by Fishers Lane, Common Edge Road and Ecclesgate Road, Marton.

Developers are only interested in making money

Blackpool Council’s planning committee turned down the application on the grounds of fears over flooding and the need to protect the historic cottages on Fishers Lane which are grade two listed and date back to the 18th Century.

Newfield has now appealed against the decision meaning an independent planning inspector will now reconsider the application.

Campaigners say they hope the refusal is upheld.

Bev Lewis, who owns one of the cottages, said: “These cottages are really important heritage buildings for lots of reasons including the fact they are made from cob, which is a really sustainable material, and preserving history is important.

“I feel the developers are only interested in making money. There are plenty of other sites around Blackpool where houses could be built.”

But Newfield Construction says the benefits of the scheme outweigh any objections.

A statement submitted as part of its appeal says a heritage appraisal has been undertaken which demonstrates “the proposed development would not have an unacceptable impact in this regard.

“Even if there were perceived to be an adverse impact, this does not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the development.”