Get involved and have say on Wyre local plan

Coun Peter Murphy
Coun Peter Murphy

Council bosses are urging residents to take their chance and have a say on the future expansion of the Garstang

district.

A public consultation into Wyre’s future blueprint gets underway today and Wyre cabinet member for Planning Coun Peter Murphy this week stressed the importance of local people taking part with a series of drop in events; the first is set to take place in Garstang next week (June 25.)

Wyre Council will present three options, under its Issues and Options document, at the event being held at Garstang Library from 2.30pm - 7.30pm.

One potential plan sees development concentrated in and around the market town, accommodating up to 7,000 homes, industry and retail premises over the next 15 years.

Coun Murphy said: “I know that local people feel very strongly about development in the borough, so it is essential that they get involved at this early stage before any decisions are made.

“We face a challenging task - providing new housing and economic growth in a way that protects our valued environment and is in keeping with local heritage and landscapes.

“We want to see communities grow in a sustainable manner, with sufficient investment in infrastructure such as road improvements and additional school places.

“So I urge people to get involved and tell us what they think. This is a real opportunity to play a part in shaping their area for the future.”

Further events will take place at Great Eccleston Village Centre on July 10, Stalmine Village Hall on July 13 as well as Poulton Youth and Community Centre on July 2 and Thornton Health and Fitness Centre on July 6. Information can also be found at the Civic Centre in Poulton and libraries across Wyre.

The plans reveal three different approaches to the distribution and location of new homes, employment and shops, as well as earmarking areas that should be protected.

The Issues and Options consultation ends on 31 July and feedback will be used to produce an initial draft of the Local Plan. There will be further public consultation next year, with the final version due to be adopted in 2017.

People can find out more and have their say online at wyre.gov.uk/localplan from today (June 17.)