Developers speak out on Nateby homes plans

Robert and Andrew Chippendale and Amanda Harris

Robert and Andrew Chippendale and Amanda Harris

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Promoters of controversial plans for hundreds of homes and business space in a small village have spoken out about changes to their plans.

The application, which includes a convenience store, a coffee shop and offices are for a 35-acre greenfield site off the A6 at Nateby. They were resubmitted earlier this month by Roman Summer, planning managers for J Chippendale.

When the outline application was first unveiled, more than 500 letters of objection were sent to Wyre Council and nearly 100 locals attended a planning meeting to voice concerns.

They included access roads creating dangers on the A6, overwhelming sewers and schools as well as removal of green spaces and lack of amenities.

A similar plan was rejected last year.

This week a press release from Roman Summer said: “Our client, J. Chippendale Ltd, has responded proactively and positively to the recent refusal of planning permission in November.  Although that planning application had the full support of the professional officers of the council, who recommended approval, no objections from any statutory consultees, and endorsement from Lancashire County Council Highways Department, it was refused for one reason only.  

“That reason related to highway safety. That being the case, this new planning application mirrors the previous application in large part. Our client wishes to assure the community that there will be no large warehouses on the site, and the focus on smaller units looks to cater for local businesses, including new start ups. The main change is the introduction of a new roundabout inside the application site.

“This has been designed as a move away from the previous accesses onto the A6, which resulted in the reason for refusal. This is a one-off opportunity to remove the old railway bridge, which we believe will be welcomed by the community. There will be minimal disruption caused to the community, as the roundabout will be constructed internally without affecting the A6.  Once it is complete, the A6 will be re-routed via the new roundabout.”