Fylde Council adopts 8,700-home local plan

A Lancashire council has voted to adopt a local plan providing for 8,715 new homes over the period up until 2032.

Lytham St Annes in Fylde, Lancashire. Image by jay-jerry, Flickr
Lytham St Annes in Fylde, Lancashire. Image by jay-jerry, Flickr

At a full meeting of Fylde Borough Council earlier this week, members voted to adopt the plan, which was found sound, subject to a number of modifications, by a planning inspector earlier this year.

The document aims to meet the council’s objectively assessed need for housing over the plan period through a housing requirement of 415 net additional homes a year.

The plan will direct 90 per cent of development to four strategic locations in the borough at Lytham and St. Annes, the Fylde-Blackpool Periphery, Warton, and Kirkham and Wesham.

An officer’s report to the council said that the plan "will be a powerful tool in directing development, in requiring a high standard of development, and in resisting development that is inappropriate.

"It will therefore be critical in shaping Fylde in the future."

Large sites included in the plan include Whyndyke Garden Village, a residential-led mixed-use scheme including 630 homes; Cropper Road West in Whitehills, a development of 250 homes; and a plot north of Freckleton Bypass, earmarked for 350 homes.

The plan also allocates land for 61 hectares of additional employment land, most of which would be provided in the four strategic locations.

A policy requiring masterplanning for the four strategic sites is also contained in the plan.

Earlier this month Cambridge City Council formally adopted its local plan, which allocates land for 14,000 new homes up to 2031.

Also this month, Eden District Council in Cumbria approved the Eden Local Plan 2014-2032, which will be used to determine planning applications in the district over the next 14 years.

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