Wyre Council’s draft new local plan – which outlines where nearly 9,000 new homes will be built across the borough by 2031 – is set to go out for public consultation.
It was passed without amendment at a recent council meeting, with residents given six weeks to have their say when the consultation starts later this month.
The borough’s Labour group has described the move as a ‘severe blow to the north Fylde’, and said in a statement: “More than that though, this decision means the loss of yet another opportunity to deal with the gaping holes in the draft local plan.
“Although the Labour group remains concerned about delays to the local plan, we are even more concerned that the plan, especially for Thornton, Cleveleys, and Fleetwood, does not address the fundamental issues of poor transport connectivity, the lack of employment opportunities, and under provision of public open space.”
The council came under-fire from a government inspector last year for not having a local plan.
Conservative MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, Paul Maynard, welcomed the draft, and said: “
I am particularly pleased to see land at Bourne Way being set aside for leisure and recreational use.”
Mr Maynard said he and Tory councillors campaigned to give the site ‘proper protection’ and added: “I am sure I share with my Wyre Council colleagues a sense of great delight this has been included in the local plan.
“There is little doubt of the need for additional homes in the right areas across the borough with the benefits they may bring.”