Wrea Green homes plan scaled back

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Plans for a new housing development in Wrea Green, near Preston, have been scaled back after objections.

Story Homes has amended its original outline plan, now proposing just 49 homes on land off Willow Drive in the Fylde village, instead of 100 as originally proposed.

The original application was rejected by Fylde Council planning councillors last month.

More than 30 residents had objected to the proposal.

Now the developer has re-submitted its plans, involving fewer homes.

David Hayward, Development Planner for Story Homes, said: “We have revised our original plans and we now propose to build 49 homes in Wrea Green. We do still believe that 100 homes on this land is achievable, sustainable and warranted, however, we have taken the feedback from the planning committee, Council officers and the public on board and scaled back the proposal.

“We believe that our proposal offers a well designed scheme which will complement the existing character of the village and help to address the housing needs of the Borough, including an element of affordable housing.”

At last month’s meeting concerns were raised about the impact the homes would have on drainage, the size and suitability of the plan, and the capacity for Ribby-with-Wrea School to take on more pupils if the development was agreed.

The new plans have been submitted to Fylde Council, with a decision expected in December or January.

Story Homes say the plans would help the local authority to address the under delivery of housing in the borough by boosting the supply and would also potentially offer up to 30 per cent affordable housing to address affordable housing needs in the borough. Provision for open space to be enjoyed by the whole community is also included.

The proposal is Story Homes’ second in the Fylde area, with a reserved matters application also submitted recently for new homes in Kirkham. Story Homes recently acquired an opportunity from Bloor Homes who had already secured outline approval on the site off Blackpool Road in Kirkham.

Wrea Green Coun Frank Andrews said the plan was still not welclome.

He said: “It is using much of the same site and is regarded as similar to the first one. We do not need another 49 homes. We think we are being vastly over-developed as it is.”