Lancashire homes bid set for refusal

Plans: An impression of what the scheme could look like
Plans: An impression of what the scheme could look like
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Outline plans for more than 50 properties should be thrown out over fears the proposals could cause “undue harm” to the look of a nearby village.

Planners have recommended the 55 home scheme on land close to Blackpool Road, Newton, near Kirkham, should be refused as the development would create a prominent view for other homes in the area.

The application by Beluga Projects Ltd, opposite a caravan dealership, has raised concerns with the parish council about the loss of greenfield land.

Close to 20 residents have also contacted the council about the development, with all opposed to the plans.

A spokesman for Newton-with-Clifton Parish Council said: “The proposed development is contrary to the local parish plan.

“Verification from the plan process shows that the location of the parish of Newton-with-Clifton in open countryside is strongly valued by the local community and the perception prevails that there has been too much residential development in the recent past to the detriment of parish amenity.”

Andrew Stell, Fylde Council’s planning officer, said planners had concerns about the impact the scheme would have.

He added: “Having weighed the various aspects of sustainable development carefully it is officer opinion that the proposal will cause undue harm to the setting of the village by the development of housing on the lower level which is prominent in views of the settlement from the south, and that the development proposed is poorly related to the settlement due to the limited connections with it.

“The scale of the development and the suitability of the access are further concerns.”

But in a planning statement submitted to the council on behalf of Beluga Projects Ltd by NJL Consulting, it was revealed the development would create 11 jobs and provide a new homes bonus payment of £500,000 to Fylde Council.

It added: “In the absence of any adverse impacts which would significantly and demonstrably outweigh these benefits, planning permission should therefore be granted.”

The planning committee meeting is at Fylde Town Hall in St Annes Road West on September 2 from 10am.