Neighbours united in homes plan fight

Residents of all ages said they valuethis meadow, where developers want to build new homes
Residents of all ages said they valuethis meadow, where developers want to build new homes

A group of Garstang residents gathered this week to demonstrate how much they treasure a green field site behind their homes, which is under threat of development.

They have vowed to do all they can to save the site, for which outline planning permission is being sought for 64 homes by Redrow builders, and are battling to convince Wyre Council that the plans should be thrown out.

As of yesterday 59 residents had registered objections and/or made comments about the proposals for land neighbouring The Toppings at Barnacre-with-Bonds.

As reported in last week’s Courier, Garstang Town Council has already objected to the plans on safety grounds and the fact that part of the site is on a flood plain.

Residents’ spokesman Patrick Pickford, of Water’s Edge Green, said he and his neighbours had a range of concerns.

He said one of the chief worries was that there was no second access route to the field, although it had been acknowledged years ago this would be needed if there was any further development.

As the neighbours gathered in the field, which is currently home to wildflowers including orchids, many spoke of its great value to the local community.

Local Wyre councillor David Williams said he could not comment on the proposals because he is a member of the planning committee.

But in general terms he advised anyone with concerns to write individually to the council and attend the planning committee to speak about the application.

The planning committee meets next Wednesday, but the application will not be considered then.

The next planning committee meeting at which it could be considered is on August 7.