Cash boosts move closer

The former Pontins site on Clifton Drive North, St Annes
The former Pontins site on Clifton Drive North, St Annes
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The prospect of a two six-figure windfalls for St Annes town centre is moving closer.

Planning gain cash worth £350,000 is set to be paid out to be spent on St Annes when the first brick is laid imminently in the development of the new Booths store on the former Government Work and Pensions site at Heyhouses Lane.

Meanwhile, development of the former Pontins site on Clifton Drive North, for which the land owners have confirmed they are preparing a detailed planning application, would mean another £100,000 if consent is granted and work then begins on the intended housing development there.

Planning gain cash under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act was agreed with the developer when permission for the new look for the Heyhouses site, involving housing and a pub as well as a new Booths store, was granted.

As The Express has already reported, the intention is to use it to complete the regeneration of St Annes town centre, including improvements to areas such as Park Road, The Crescent and St Andrew’s Road South.

Fylde Council’s regeneration chief Paul Drinnan said the intention was to shortly hold talks with interested parties over the details with the aim that the work would get underway quickly and be complete in time for the opening of the new Booths store.

The Heyhouses planning gain agreement also provides for £70,000 to be spent in Ansdell, which Booths are vacating to move to Heyhouses.

Mr Drinnan said that would be spent on phase two of improvements to Woodlands Road.

“It all comes into effect once the first brick is laid for the new store and with demolition already carried out, that is imminent,” said Mr Drinnan.

The former Pontins site already has outline permission for 348 homes and the planning gain agreement for St Annes, the nearest town centre to the planned development, was negotiated at that stage.

The land is being cleared and a spokesman for Northern Trust, owners of the site, said: “The current situation is that a detailed planning application is being prepared and it is anticipated that it will be submitted to Fylde Borough Council in the next couple of months.”

St Annes Chamber of Trade chairman John Moxham said: “We are very much looking forward to what we hope will be a double boost to our town centre. It’s a very exciting prospect.”