Plans for huge residential development with 270 houses, supermarket and coffee shop submitted to Wyre Council

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A vast residential development with up to 270 dwellings, a four-and-a-half hectare employment area, a supermarket and a coffee shop could be built on land near Garstang.

Plans for the development, near the A6 at the intersection of Nateby Crossing Lane and Croston Barn Lane, were submitted to Wyre Council last week by property developers Story Homes and Jones Homes.

The project was initially proposed in 2014 and was rejected – but a subsequent appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in January and February 2017 saw the council’s decision overturned.

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Eleven objections have already been lodged with the council from concerned residents, who cited possible traffic problems and a lack of nearby services to accommodate a large increase in population.

The land where the proposed development would be builtThe land where the proposed development would be built
The land where the proposed development would be built

One resident said: “It has been shown quite convincingly that the vast majority of local people of Garstang do not want this development. There is no evidence that the current infrastructure in Garstang is capable of absorbing another development that would possible increase the population by 650 plus. No new schools, doctors, dentists, car parking, etc.

“Whilst there is mention of commercial property the development could never provide employment for the increased number of residents.

Nateby Parish Council also objected to the proposed creation of a signalised pedestrian crossing as an alternative to the old railway tunnel once used as an underpass on the A6. Parish clerk Melanie Harben said: “There are a lot of children who cross the road and it is believed that an underpass offers better safety considering how busy the A6 is.”