More affordable houses needed in Forton village

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Land previously used as a nursery garden in Forton is to be re-developed for the erection of 27 houses.

Despite 17 letters of objections submitted to Wyre Council the development, which will include 22 detached properties, two bungalows and three affordable houses in terrace form, was approved subject to 28 recommendations.

The land, which is south of Ribblesdale Drive in Forton, was approved subject to a section 106 agreement relating to the provision of affordable housing and financial contributions for education and open space.

Forton Parish Council was amongst the objectors to the proposal claiming while “any improvement to the site is welcomed, the application does not fulfil the need for starter and retirement homes.”

The development will consist of three and four bedroom houses each with a rear garden, front garden or paved space, and there will be a minimum of two parking spaces per houses provided by garaging or driveways.

Head of planning services noted that the development will help an unmet need in Forton for affordable housing, as from 2010-2015 there have been no affordable houses built.

Despite objections received from neighbours stating there is no demand for houses in Forton, it has been indicated by the latest housing monitoring report that Wyre is not on target to provide 200 new dwellings by 2028 and Forton has been identified as one of the areas where development will be focussed.,

David Thow Head of Planning Services said: “ It is considered that the development in this rural settlement will be accessible, close to the facilities in the village and the main transport network.

“It has been assessed that the development would provide support to an existing rural settlement through the provision of housing and make effective use of previously developed land.

“It would also contribute addressing the housing shortfall in the borough.

“The development is of a high standard of design and will be a visual improvement to the site, which currently accommodates derelict greenhouses.”

The proposal is set to be finished in 2015.