UP to 320 new houses have been approved for the Catterall area.
It’s after two outline applications based on land near Joe Lane and Daniel Fold Lane were approved at Wednesday’s Wyre planning meeting.
The plans at Joe Lane include up to 42 one bed independent living retirement apartments, a new village centre and a family pub, incorporating a new roundabout access on Joe Lane and an alternative link road between the A6 and Garstang Road.
The plans at Daniel Fold Lane include the construction of 122 houses.
More than 100 neigbour responses were submitted to Wyre Council to oppose the Joe Lane plans including Sharon Buckley, a resident of Catterall, who said: “I am absolutely devastated about these proposals as it will decimate my view and will be completely intrustive.”
She also expressed concerns the infastructure of Garstang and Catterall would not be able to cope with the increase in population the houses would cause.
The application site is sustainable, it is available, and it is deliverable nowGraham Salisbury from Graham Anthony Associates
Dan Whitney from Manchester planning company Mosaic Town Planning, which is the agent for the plans, said: “Members previously considered an identical scheme which was presented to the committee in July. They resolved that it should be refused solely on the grounds of the adverse impact upon the local and strategic highway network, following an objection from Lancashire County Council.
“The principle of development was therefore accepted. Since this time, we have worked with the county to ensure that this impact could be satisfactorily mitigated, along with that of other committed developments in the wider area.
“A range of highway improvements has been identified, as set out in the committee report, including both works in the vicinity of the site and further afield to increase capacity at the junction of the A6 and the M55.
“The applicant has agreed to provide contributions towards these works which will be secured through legal agreements and the conditions. As a result of this, the Highways Authority removed its objection.”
More than 30 letters of objection were also sent to the council over the Daniel Fold Lane development with residents expressing concerns over changing the nature of a market town, the need for more houses, traffic on the A6 and increased demand on educational and medical facilities.
Graham Salisbury from, Graham Anthony Associates, which is the agent for the development, said: “The application site is sustainable, it is available, and it is deliverable now. Catterall and the A6 corridor are identified as an area where the council anticipate the delivery of residential development, Catterall is a sustainable settlement. This scheme will make a positive contribution to the recognised housing shortfall in the plan area.
“We have worked closely with the County Highways Department producing a scheme that not only provides a safe access to the site but also contributes to traffic improvements for the benefit of the wider plan area. ”