Village homes plans to come under review

Plans to increase the size of Little Eccleston by a quarter will be reviewed again by councillors today in Fylde
Plans to increase the size of Little Eccleston by a quarter will be reviewed again by councillors today in Fylde
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Major plans which could see the size of a Fylde village increase by 25 per cent will be reviewed by council planners today.

Residents in Little Eccleston are worried the 25-home scheme by the Duerden Brothers for Sunnydale Nurseries in Garstang Road could have a negative impact in the village.

The proposed development represents an enlargement of approximately 25 per cent to the existing hamlet of Little Eccleston

Concerns have been raised about an increase in size of the village by a quarter, as well as worries about traffic, the impact on power supplies and how the development would change the look of the area.

Fylde Council’s development management committee met earlier this month to review the project – with councillors deferring a decision to allow for a site visit which took place on July 13.

But Victoria Elvy, clerk to Little Eccleston Parish Council, said elected members should reject the plans.

She added: “The proposed development represents an enlargement of approximately 25 per cent to the existing hamlet of Little Eccleston.

“This is an unacceptable and disproportionate increase.”

Residents said if the homes were built, the development would put an increased demand on services across the area.

But Fylde Council planning officer Matthew Taylor said the scheme should be approved.

He said: “The scheme would not result in the loss of the borough’s best and most versatile agricultural land and there are no other landscape designations to restrict its development for housing.

“The proposal, by virtue of the size, scale, density and number of dwellings proposed, and its relationship to the urban fringe of the village, would not have any significant adverse effects on landscape character or quality, and appropriate mitigation can be introduced as part of the scheme in order to minimise its impact in this regard.”

‘The scale of development and its context is considered acceptable’

A planning statement by Paul Walton Associates on behalf of the Duerden Brothers reads: “The scale of development and its context in relation to its location is considered acceptable and while there would be some visual impact it is not considered that there would be sufficient harm to significantly and demonstrably outweigh the many benefits.”

Architects Stanton Andrews added: “It is the aspiration of the whole team that the proposal will set a new standard for residential development in the area.”

The development management committee planning meeting is to be heard at Fylde Town Hall in St Annes Road West, St Annes, from 10am today.