Residents say no to controversial homes plan

Plans to build two new homes in the back garden of a Poulton bunglalow have been pulled in the face of massive opposition
Plans to build two new homes in the back garden of a Poulton bunglalow have been pulled in the face of massive opposition
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Controversial plans to build new homes in the back garden of a Poulton bungalow have been pulled.

Wyre Council planners were considering a bid for two four-bedroom detached homes and garages at 61 Blackpool Old Road when it was withdrawn in the face of huge opposition.

Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace

Dozens of objections were lodged by concerned neighbours as Jeannie Shaw, who lives next door to the site, warned: “Residents have not gone to sleep, and will not allow building in greenfield residential back gardens.”

Wyre MP Ben Wallace also voiced his opposition to the plans, which were lodged by Kingswood Homes (NW) Ltd.

David Bailie, who has lived in Blackpool Old Road for almost 60 years, cited concerns over traffic, parking and the removal of trees and vegetation.

Resident Siobhan Fish said: “I have true concerns about the harmful effect it will have on the environment, the character of the street and, most importantly, the harmful effect it will have on my new family.

It is out of character with the existing development along Blackpool Old Road, where existing houses face the highway.

Wyre MP Ben Wallace

“I am the mother of two boys, a three-year-old and a newborn, and daily I have a battle to get a pram and a walking toddler across this busy and treacherous stretch of road.

“Adding any more cars into the mix is truly harmful to all, including potential new dwellers.”

Mr Wallace said: “This development is another example of garden grabbing and is an inappropriate development of a residential garden.

“It is out of character with the existing development along Blackpool Old Road, where existing houses face the highway.”

In planning papers, Fox Planning Consultants, acting for Kingswood Homes (NW) Ltd, said: “ The development will positively contribute towards the borough’s housing supply and represent a sustainable and accessible form of development.”

Fox Planning Consultants were yesterday unavailable for comment.

In 2013, Baxter Homes had its bid for five homes on the same site rejected by the council and an appeal dismissed by the planning inspectorate.