United front call over homes plans

Residents attend a special town council meeting
Residents attend a special town council meeting
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RESIDENTS have been warned they need to stand together and fight if they are to keep their town as it is.

Plans have already been lodged for 150 homes on green fields to the west of Kirkham’s bypass and now a second developer has revealed it wants to build another 180 homes on neighbouring land.

Fears have been raised the developments could wipe out the countryside on the edge of Kirkham and councillors have called on residents to help them in their fight against the housing firms.

At a special meeting staged by Kirkham Town Council, Coun Liz Oades said: “What concerns us is if any building goes on the west side of the bypass it will make it very vulnerable to further development.

“We’re up against it in Kirkham.

“These developers are circling and Kirkham could look very different in five or ten years if these developers are successful in getting these applications passed.”

Bloor Homes has already submitted its application to build on a patch of land between the A583 and A585, and residents in the town are now set to receive a booklet from developer Gladman about proposals for a further 180 homes on the neighbouring field off Blackpool Road.

The developer, who has yet to submit a planning application, said it wants to hear the views of residents to help shape its plans for the town.

The applications come before Fylde Council has finalised its local plan, which will dictate where the borough’s homes are built in the future.

And councillors stressed to residents they need to take part in the local plan consultation and stress to the council development should be focussed outside Kirkham.

Around 20 residents attended the meeting, and the town council also hopes they will band together to form a campaign group against development.

Coun Elaine Silverwood said: “If you believe this is really not good for the area I would urge you to get on board and be vocal about it.

“It is absolutely crucial this local plan goes through with the right option to protect Kirkham and the rural areas but we need the help of the residents.”

And town council chairman Coun Peter Hardy added: “I want to protect the greenbelt we have left, if these plans go ahead and they build on the west side of the by-pass we will end up joining three or four different villages.”

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