Approval for homes plan

Approved: David Henderson
Approved: David Henderson
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Controversial plans for dozens of homes on the edge of a Lancashire village have been given the go-ahead by the narrowest of margins.

Proposals for 45 new homes in Catterall were approved by just one vote at Wyre Council’s planning meeting, after the committee chairman was left with the deciding vote.

Developers said they were “delighted” with the decision, which was met with objections from neighbours.

Cheshire-based Frost Planning secured the permission for the site off Stubbins Lane on the edge of the village, on behalf of client Eden Land and Development.

Planning committee chairman Coun David Henderson said the application was seen as the “squaring off of an area”.

He said: “The objectors put up a very good cause, and I am very sympathetic to their objections.

“But if Lancashire County Council highways, the statutory consultee, says in their opinion they are happy with the application, then we as a committee have to take notice of the statutory consultees.”

He added: “It was a difficult one and you can very easily see the reasons for the objections, and you can easily see the reasons for the development on the site as well and it’s where you come down.”

Andy Frost of Frost Planning said: “The application was controversial because the site is greenfield and lies on the edge of the village.

“However, the site is contained on three sides by housing and commercial uses already so its impact will not have a significant impact on the character of the village or open countryside.

“Furthermore, the site’s development for housing will help to meet a growing need for family housing in the area which is not currently being met.”

Mike Bowman of Eden Land and Development added: “We are delighted with the planning committee’s decision to support their officer’s recommendation to approve the application and are already speaking to interested parties keen to develop the site.”