Village homes plan is just ‘depressing’

Mike Wright, from WRAPP
Mike Wright, from WRAPP
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A 375-home plan for a village which is under attack from developers is “depressing”, according to campaigners.

The plan is the latest in a line of proposals in Warton which could see more than 1,400 homes built in the village.

Mike Wright, from Warton Residents Against Poor Planning (WRAPP), has called on residents to make their feelings known to Fylde Council.

Mr Wright said: “It’s just adding to the number of houses already targeted at Warton.

“It’s just further depressing news.

“The disappointing thing is Fylde Council know the concerns but there’s absolutely no communication from them.

“Things just seem to be happening, we’re being impacted and no-one appears to care.

“That’s how it comes across.

“People are angry so they send angry letters into Fylde Council and they don’t respond to that sort of thing.”

The plan would see homes built at land to the north of the Freckleton bypass.

As previously reported in The Gazette, residents are being invited to a special public meeting in response to the string of applications facing the village.

After worries were expressed about the random nature of housing applications for Warton, residents have called a special parish meeting tomorrow at Warton Village Hall.

The meeting, organised by the village’s neighbourhood plan steering group, will show residents the current state of planning applications and how Fylde Council is dealing with them.

Mr Wright, who has previously stated WRAPP is not completely opposed to some development in the village, added: “We are encouraging residents to lobby Fylde Council, Mark Menzies (Fylde MP) and the Secretary of State.

“We remain optimistic.”

Coun Trevor Fiddler, Fylde Council’s portfolio holder for planning and development, said: “I feel sorry for the residents of Warton.

“The planning authority is trying to do this in a coordinated way but the Government allow developers to submit these plans.

“We’re between a rock and a hard place.”