Roads fears grow as village house building increases

An aerial photo by AirX Drones showing the extent of housebuilding in Hambleton
An aerial photo by AirX Drones showing the extent of housebuilding in Hambleton
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Fears are growing over the scale housebuilding across a chain of rural Wyre villages.

Councillors have expressed concerns that the areas’s road infrastructure will not be able to cope with the developments taking place in Hambleton, Stalmine and Preesall.

There are particular worries there is currently only one main road to serve the entire area, with the many highways blighted by major delays in recent weeks.

Now Coun Vivien Taylor, who represents Wyreside on Lancashire County Council, has called for improvement works on the road and other vital infrastructure before any more homes in the area are agreed.

She said: “When people come to me with issues the number one problem is the roads.

“The scale of development is not helping things.

“We have houses going up in Preesall.

“There are schemes in Hambleton and Stalmine too.

“Right now there is more pressure on our infrastructure than ever.

“People are worried about the level of traffic.

“Away from the main roads there are issues with the levels of subsidence because the roads are being used by many times more vehicles than they were built to handle.

“Many of these are rural roads, they are very narrow.”

Coun Taylor is only too aware of the scale of development.

“There are 165 homes in Arthurs Lane in Hambleton,” she said. “There are 44 planned for Preesall.

“There are even nine planned for Pilling. “When you take into account what is happening in Hambleton as well it is a lot of homes.”

The Government is keen to see local authorities relax their rules on planning, opening up rural and greenfield lights for housing development.