Give residents more say on housing plans

MP Mark Menzies

MP Mark Menzies

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Residents’ wishes should be given more weight when it comes to housing applications, according to Fylde MP Mark Menzies.

Mr Menzies said he was concerned that thousands of homes had been granted planning permission in the borough, but the number built has not met the Government’s demand.

It is important the Government does something to help those struggling to get onto the property ladder

Fylde MP Mark Menzies

He said : “It is important the Government does something to help those struggling to get onto the property ladder.

“However, those homes need to be built in the correct locations where they are supported by employment, services and infrastructure.

“I am concerned about jobs and services available to facilitate the thousands of properties which currently have planning permission in Fylde.

“I have been a big supporter of the Local Plan process, which sees councils publish a 20-year document outlining the way it wishes to see the area develop.

“However, in Fylde we currently do not have the required five-year housing supply number, which has left us at the mercy of developers who use this to convince the Planning Inspectorate to approve inappropriate housing schemes.

“The inspectorate should be giving more weight to the wishes of local people and working for them rather than developers to ensure Britain has the homes it needs.”