Villagers called on to fight home plans

Chain Lane Staining.
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VILLAGERS have spoken of their opposition to a planning application for 42 new homes on green field.

Staining Parish Council held an extraordinary meeting to discuss Jones Homes’ application for phase two of a development off Chain Lane.

The developer has already built 28 homes on the land, and has applied to Fylde Council for permission to build 42 more.

Parish councillors unanimously voted to put forward an objection to the development.

Council chairman, Coun Stephen Hall, today said: “We want everybody in Staining to put in letters of objection.

“The village is basically a cut through for traffic, the village has been cut off for two days in the last three or four months because of flooding, and the school is full so cannot take in any more children.

“These are all big concerns for the residents.

“We are not happy about this application, and, if passed, it will open the flood gates for more properties to come in. We want to keep Staining a village, and not a suburb of Blackpool.”

Coun Hall said the parish council’s objection will be passed to Fylde Council for use when considering the application.

Jackie Smith, from Staining Against Village Expansion (SAVE), said the group was doing all it could to prevent the application being passed.

She said the group felt there wasn’t a need for new housing, as several of the new homes in phase one of the site were empty, and other houses in the village were for sale.

She added: “This is a small village with flooding problems and the traffic is dreadful. Imagine how many cars will be coming on to Chain Lane from this junction, and with five other junctions of the same road you can’t get out now.

“We are all hoping reason will out.

“We feel we have done our best, and that’s all we can do.”

Jones Homes says the additional homes would help meet the village’s need for affordable family housing.

Development director John Roocroft said the decision now lay with Fylde Council.

He added: “We did a lot of public consultation prior to putting in the application and people expressed their views to us about what they would like to see.

“We have tried to take those views on board.

“The application is with the council now, it’s up to them what happens.”

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