Public meeting called in Forton on Local Plan

Wyre's Local Plan Option 2, (A6 corridor focus),  for consultation
Wyre's Local Plan Option 2, (A6 corridor focus), for consultation

Residents of a Wyre village will be told tonight of proposals which could double the size of their community.

Forton Parish Council has invited local MP Cat Smith, County Coun. Sandra Perkins and Wyre Coun, Val Wilson to a special public meeting on Wyre Council’s newly released Local Plan development options.

The meeting, which starts at 8 pm in the village hall, comes as plans have been submitted for 45 new homes off Hollins Lane.

Parish Council Chairman Dr Peter Young said invitations and an accompanying map of local potential building sites had been distributed to every house in the area.

He said residents needed to be “clued in” to the Plan - although it could be years before all the Forton and Hollins Lane settlement sites earmarked for possible development were built on.

Describing the prospect as “Our share of the pain perhaps”, he stressed he realised their community is not unique and other areas of Wyre were also considered as candidates for similar development.

He stressed it was important to look at the bigger picture rather than just your own back yard and the meeting intended to share information about Wyre Council’s three options for development across the district. He said the area has eight potential sites and development could affect the distinctive character of the area which had quiet lanes used for walking and cycling: “There are only about 500 houses in the parish. 72 housing sites (have been) approved in the last 12-15 months.”

The Parish Council will consider its response to two outline applications by Daniel Thwaites Ltd for the creation of 35 two to four bedroomed homes off Hollins Lane behind the New Holly pub, at its meeting on July 20.

Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, will be unable to attend tonight’s meeting due to parliamentary commitments.

Dr Young said he hoped people would send their comments on the Local Plan proposals to Wyre Council: “People tend to think about what is in the immediate neighbourhood. I want them to look at both things...The more people who send (comments) in the better for democracy.”