Lakes firm lodges homes bid for former offices

Public Offices, Derby Road, Wesham

Public Offices, Derby Road, Wesham

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The firm behind a series of iconic buildings in the Lake District has lodged a bid to build 24 homes on the site of former Fylde Council offices.

Applethwaite Homes, behind developments including The Ferry House near Lake Windermere and The Royal in Bowness, has applied to Fylde Council to build properties at the site of the Derby Road offices in Wesham.

If the bid gets the go-ahead, it would mean new homes in a town which has strongly resisted several proposed developments in the past 18 months.

Kirkham Coun Peter Hardy said many homes in the town are not occupied: “It’s important people realise that some homes on the new development across the road from the Derby Road offices are still empty. Crossing Gates on the outskirts of town still has empty homes too, while developers continue to try and build on Mowbreck Lane and across the Kirkham bypass. Now we could have another development.”

Director of Applethwaite, Mike Henry, added: “The proposed development comprising 24 three and four-bedroom detached homes is located in a quiet cul-de-sac convenient for local amenities and will be ideal for families.

“The scheme will be the first development designed using our newly created portfolio of house-types, which reflect the style of traditional family homes of an earlier age, but with all the comforts of modern living.”