Group’s bid to stop ‘over-development’ of village handed to Fylde Council

Bryning with Warton Neighbourhood Plan steering group at Fylde Borough Council's Town Hall on Tuesday.

Bryning with Warton Neighbourhood Plan steering group at Fylde Borough Council's Town Hall on Tuesday.

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Following the approval of 416 new homes – and applications in for a further 700 – a plan has been submitted to tryto stem the tide of development in Warton.

The Bryning with Warton Neighbourhood Plan steering group handed over a Local Plan to Fylde Council at St Annes Town Hall.

Some of the main features of the plan, drawn up under the Localism Act, will ensure the parish preserves the rural character of the village while enhancing the village centre.

Vice-chairman of the Bryning-with-Warton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Jessica Ashworth said: “This is the first neighbourhood plan in Fylde to be submitted, which is a great achievement, and marks the culmination of a great deal of hard work.”

Since the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations were introduced by the Localism Act 2011, Warton has been targeted by developers with applications to build homes on several sites in and around the village.

Mrs Ashworth said: “Warton has been under siege from developers with ad hoc planning applications since the publication of Fylde Council’s preferred option 
local plan to 2030.”

Bryning with Warton Parish Council embarked on the neighbourhood plan process in July last year and formed a steering group to ensure it could take control over its future.

Tuesday’s handover to Fylde Council marked the submission stage whereby the council will publicise the plan for a six-week consultation period.

The neighbourhood plan will also be sent to an independent inspector and, should any changes be required, then Bryning with Warton residents will have a referendum to approve the plan.

Coun Julie Brickles is very happy that the effort everyone has put in has been rewarded.

She said: “As the Fylde councillor for Warton and Westby, I am incredibly pleased with the huge effort Bryning with Warton Parish Council and residents have put into developing the Neighbourhood Plan.

“I hope the plan can now help to define future development and growth in Warton to the benefit of residents.”

Clerk of Bryning with Warton Parish Council Anthony Wood said: “It’s very important that local residents have a say over the future and makes sure there is a design behind the planning.”