Ernie site fears

An aerial view of the old Premium Bonds site at Heyhouses Lane/Moorland Road, St Annes.
An aerial view of the old Premium Bonds site at Heyhouses Lane/Moorland Road, St Annes.

A PROPOSED new supermarket and retail development – just a mile from St Annes town centre – would be a ‘disaster’ it has been claimed.

The multi-million pound proposals are set to go before Fylde planning councillors for the first time on Wednesday.

The outline application for the former Ernie site off Heyhouses Lane and Moorland Road, includes plans for a 1,860 square metre retail foodstore. In addition, there could be restaurants, cafes, takeaways and community use developments.

Other proposals are for up to 250 new homes and a residential care institution or retirement village of up to 85 apartments.

The scheme, submitted by site owners Telereal Trillium, who held a public consultation in October 2010, has been recommended for approval by Fylde Council planning chiefs.

Arnold Sumner, chairman of St Annes Town Council’s planning committee at that time, said: “The more we studied it the more disastrous it was going to be. Everybody we speak to on the business side will say about the effect it will have on St Annes town centre.”

He said the retail proposals for the eyesore government offices site would also hit other local businesses.

“We wanted it to be kept for commercial purposes, such as offices and information technology,” said Mr Sumner.

Full story in this week’s Express.