Booths store plan goes to council

An artists impression of the proposed Booths store at Heyhouses Lane, St Annes
An artists impression of the proposed Booths store at Heyhouses Lane, St Annes
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An application to build a new Booths store and 162 new homes on the former Department for Work and Pensions site in St Annes has been formally submitted to Fylde Council.

The regeneration scheme, which also includes a new pub restaurant, a village green and a retirement home, is set to be delivered by Worthington Properties, part of the Marcus Worthington Group, also responsible for the current Aldi development in St Annes.

The 18.3 acre site was sold to Worthington Properties by Telereal Trillium earlier this year for £9.5 million, and came with outline planning consent for the development.

The plans will also protect the existing Site of Special Scientific Interest along Heyhouses Lane and, if successful, once work gets underway, it will signal a likely £350,000 planning gain windfall for St Annes town centre, already agreed along with the outline permission.

Hollinwood Homes, Worthington Properties’ residential development arm, will build 30 new houses with the remainder being built by Cheshire-based Morris Homes.

Russell Worthington, development director from the Marcus Worthington Group, said: ”This scheme will support our desire to create a bold, vibrant new community which will benefit the wider area and stimulate the local economy for years to come.”

Chris Minshall, of Morris Homes, added: “This is a hugely exciting development in a fantastic location and we are expecting a great deal of interest.”

Graham Booth, property director at Booths, said: “The success of our Haven Road Lytham store has encouraged us to redouble our efforts to provide a replacement for our recently closed St Annes store. The Heyhouses Lane store will allow customers to enjoy the full Booths experience while also offering the full range of modern facilities.”

Architects for the scheme are Broadway Malyan and Leach Rhodes Walker, with Turley Associates providing planning advice.