Residents meet to oppose 600 homes plan

Garstang Road East, Poulton
Garstang Road East, Poulton
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Plans to build hundreds of homes in a rural area of Poulton are to be fought by neighbours who say the plans are unrealistic for the town.

Residents are set to meet on Thursday evening to discuss how to go about opposing Persimmon Homes and Jones Homes proposals to build around 600 homes on land off Garstang Road East in the town.

The developers held a consultation event at Fylde Cricket Club, on Moorland Road, on June 26, to talk to residents about their plans but fears were raised by councillors over how open this was after Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council and who lives close by to the earmarked land, said he recieved no correspondence about it.

Now neighbours of the land are to meet at the River Wyre pub, from 7.30pm onThursday, to talk about their concerns.

In a letter sent to residents on roads surrounding the land, Pauline Pertica, of Garstang Road East, said: “This would have a significantly negative impact on our small town and the surrounding countryside.”

Coun Peter Gibson, Breck ward councillor in Poulton, has praised the initiative of residents meeting to discuss the issue and said he has asked for the matter to be raised at the next meeting of Poulton and Carleton Forum.

He said: “I absolutely welcome this meeting, unfortunately ward councillors won’t be able to go as it is Wyre full council that night.

“Pauline Pertica is going to take the views from the meeting to the next forum. I want as much feedback as we can get so residents views are known.”

Residents have said their main concerns centre around the volume of traffic the 
development would attract, the wildlife, flora and fauna the development would impact on, and the effect extra homes and residents would have on local schools and 
services. Coun Gibson added: “I have written to all schools and 
doctors surgeries asking what capacity they have, with such a big influx. The four schools and one doctors who have come back have said they are all full to 
capacity and on that basis something would have to be done. If schools haven’t got capacity then the infrastructure isn’t there and that’s certainly a planning consideration.”

Andy Pepper, planning and strategic manager for Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “Following a recent consultation event, we have now received feedback from local people on the proposals for development in Poulton.

“We sent out invitation leaflets and letters to 1,000 local households and also met with local councillors prior to opening the consultation exhibition to the public, to give them a thorough briefing on the plans.

“We are currently in the process of collating all of the responses and, where possible, incorporating the public’s contributions into our proposals prior to further consultation with the community and ahead of a planning application to the local authority.”