100 homes plan for Kepple Lane gets green light

Coun Tom Balmain
Coun Tom Balmain
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Planners have approved 
proposals for more than 100 new homes to be built in 
Garstang – despite fears there are already too many houses 
earmarked for the area.

Wyre Council’s planning committee agreed the outline 
application by Hollins Strategic
Land for 130 new homes on land in Kepple Lane

The approval is subject to the developer signing an agreement to pay £200,000 to the council for highways development and £264,622 towards education.

Coun Tom Balmain, who represents Garstang on Wyre Council, told the committee he believed the application should be thrown out and 19 letters of objection had been received.

Following the meeting, Coun Balmain said he was 
disappointed with the outcome.

He said: “There are too many houses being proposed for Garstang.

“An excessive amount of plans have come forward in the last few years. No account has been taken of the actual infrastructure, for example with regard to doctors’ surgeries which are already bursting to capacity now.

“I am also against any further development unless developers consider elderly people.

“They should be building more bungalows for the 
elderly who want to downsize and then are able to free up their homes for families.”

But a report by council planning officers to the committee said that, despite the objections raised, the development complied with national planning policy and should be approved.

The site is to the south of the residential properties on Kepple Lane, close to its junction with the A6 and south of Garstang Medical Centre.