Minister lobbied over village homes

Wrea Green public planning meeting
Wrea Green public planning meeting
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Fylde’s MP has raised concerns about developers trying to get “under the wire” and build on rural areas.

Mark Menzies has written to the Planning Minister, Nick Boles, after meeting anti-development pressure group –the Community Association for the Protection of Wrea Green (CAPOW) to discuss its concerns over the number of possible new housing estates being earmarked for the picturesque village.

Mr Menzies’ concerns come as Fylde Council considers its local plan, which would set out and identify the authority’s housing needs for the next two decades.

Mr Menzies said: “I have been concerned developers have been attempting to get under the wire and seek planning permission for schemes before the local plan is ratified and have written to the
 Minister to highlight this issue.

“Wrea Green is not the only place where that is happening and if it is allowed to go on then there could be a danger that it makes the whole process of creating a local plan worthless.”

A plan for 55 homes in the village, at Richmond Avenue, Wrea Green, has already been given the go ahead.

Four sites at North View Farm, Moss Side Lane, and two off Bryning Lane, have all been turned down by Fylde Council’s development management committee but are currently going through the appeal process.

A meeting in January saw 170 residents gather to discuss the problem of over-development in the village.

John Rowson, CAPOW chairman, was among those to attend the meeting with Mr Menzies.

He said: “I agree with him.

“I don’t know where else he’s talking about but I would still agree with the principle.

“Many more people are getting interested in this.

“I think they were probably there in the background before but people are showing a lot more interest in what’s going on.”