AMBITIOUS plans to build thousands of new homes on the edge of Blackpool have been officially submitted.
The Whyndyke Farm development will comprise 2,000 homes, a brand new primary school, new community centres, shops and offices.
And this week the plans from developers CA Planning were officially lodged with Fylde Council – meaning a final decision on the development could be made by September.
The site is just off Preston New Road, in Marton, and forms part of the area previously described as the M55 hub.
In a planning statement written to support their application, CA Planning said the development would have “considerable merits” for both Blackpool and Fylde.
They state: “(The development) will result in significant benefits to both the immediate area and wider context including the provision of a wide choice of housing and promoting regeneration of currently under-utilised land to serve both Blackpool and Fylde.
As well as providing the new school, two local neighbourhood centres and a ‘community facility’ are set to be built to serve residents who move onto the development.
There are also plans to build a low carbon sustainable energy centre to provide combined heat and power to the estate.
The submitted application details the proposed layout of the site, complete with new access roads, landscaping and green spaces.
CA Planning state the development will provide a “wide choice of housing types and sizes”, with 500 two-bed homes, 1000 three-bed homes and 500 homes with four or more bedrooms due to be built.
The statement adds: “The proposed scheme will provide much needed larger family sized dwellings as sought by the council.
“The development will provide an efficient use of a currently wasted resource, regenerating a vacant brownfield site within an accessible and sustainable location on the border of Blackpool and Fylde.”
John Westmoreland, secretary of the Fylde branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), said they supported the development “in principle”.
While he said CPRE would rather see existing brownfield sites developed, he told The Gazette: “If Fylde Council has to provide new homes and if they have to take any countryside outside the existing settlements, we would prefer to concentrate new housing and further development in that location rather than in a more rural area of the borough.
“It’s a much more sustainable location than creating more sprawl outside the rural communities. In principle we support the proposal to develop the M55 hub.”