Face of Garstang to drastically change after 600 homes approved

The face of a Lancashire town is set to radically change after plans for more than 600 houses were approved.

Thursday, 23rd March 2017, 11:51 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:59 am
Keyworker Homes unveil the proposed plans for the Garstang Community Centre and Council offices

Nine applications totalling nearly 800 homes were put before Wyre Council’s Planning Committee in one of the most important affecting the rural district for decades.

Now, 269 homes are set to be built at Nateby Crossing Lane, Nateby, 66 at Daniel Fold Farm in Catterall, 72 houses on Garstang Road, Barton, 34 at Shepherds Farm, Barton, 95 at Garstang Golf Club and 49 homes at Calder House Lane near Bowgreave.

A multi-million pound revamp and retail extension to Garstang Business and Community Centre was also approved including 18 apartments.

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Outline permission for a residential development on Garstang Road, Bowgreave was another approved with an application to build 183 homes at Cabus the only refusal.

A packed Poulton Civic Centre watched on as applications, which have been mired in controversy, were objected to by town and parish councils as well as residents’ groups.

They raised issues such as the loss of greenbelt and agricultural land, a lack of amenities and, in the case of Garstang community centre, the loss of a valuable community building and part of the High Street car park.

Garstang town councillor Alan Cornthwaite (inset) was one of many who spoke and after the meeting he said: “I’m disappointed at loss of community centre and concerned about the lack of amenities with so new people going to be in the area.

Developer Robert Chippendale and family are hoping to convert 15 acres of land to the west of the A6 at Garstang into a major housing and business development. Robert (right) is pictured outside Nateby Crossing Cottage with twin brother Andrew, sister Amanda Harris, and plans of the development. PIC BY ROB LOCK 9-9-2013

“But there are positives like houses for young people and new jobs will be created too.”

Garstang Community/Business Centre
Developer Robert Chippendale and family are hoping to convert 15 acres of land to the west of the A6 at Garstang into a major housing and business development. Robert (right) is pictured outside Nateby Crossing Cottage with twin brother Andrew, sister Amanda Harris, and plans of the development. PIC BY ROB LOCK 9-9-2013