Village braced for 100 homes

Wrea Green
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A Fylde village is the target of an application to build 100 homes – following four different bids to build properties earlier this year.

Housing group The Community Association to Protect Wrea Green (CAPOW) said the application for Willow Drive by Story Homes was “unsustainable” and urged Fylde Council to follow planning inspectorate advice.

Last month, four appeals for developments in the village were heard by the inspector, with two agreed to.

Chairman of the Community Association for the Protection of Wrea Green, John Rowson, said: “We are most disappointed that Story Homes decided to not really listen to the parish council, local residents or the planning inspector at recent appeals.

“The access would be extremely poor, the site is away from very limited amenities and employment and is mostly in the proposed “area of separation” in the draft Fylde Local Plan to 2030.

“We already have two “approved in principle” sites for 74 properties in Wrea Green, with another site under construction for 54 houses – and causing headaches to local residents because of poor access and a failure to abide by the construction plan.

“Those developments add 20 per cent to the size of the village, this development would make that increase 36 per cent.

“It is clearly unsustainable without major improvements to the infrastructure and services in the village.”

But David Hayward, development planner for Story Homes said: “We have taken on board the feedback received throughout the consultation period and the plans we have submitted offer a well designed scheme which will complement the existing character of the village and help to address the housing needs of the borough.”

The application will be decided by Fylde Council’s development management committee in the coming months.