Plan for 77 new homes in village

Planning expert Alexis De Pol
Planning expert Alexis De Pol
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Plans to build 77 new homes in Stalmine and to ease local traffic problems by creating a car park for its primary school have been unveiled by Preston-based planning experts.

Planning consultancy De Pol Associates has submitted an outline planning application to Wyre Council planners on behalf of a consortium of local landowners.

It says that local families are behind the plan to build homes on a 3.5 hectare site south of Birch Grove in the village.

They want to build a mixture of two, three, four and five bedroomed homes. The proposed development also includes provision for affordable housing.

De Pol Associates say talks will be held with Wyre Council about how much of the scheme will be made up of affordable homes.

The proposal also includes a 24-space car park and a footpath link to serve the village’s primary school, which is next to the land earmarked for the housing development.

It will also create an additional access for the school.

In its submission to planners, De Pol says talks have been held with the school’s head and its governors.

The car park for staff and pupils will help ease congestion and problems with on-road parking in the area, particularly during peak hours and school drop-off and pick-up times.

Alexis De Pol, director of De Pol Associates, said: “The car park for the school is a major part of this development plan, which has been drawn up by local people with a genuine interest in the community.

“They are supporters of the school as a vital asset for the village and see this as a way of giving something back to their local area.

“Consultation has taken place with the headteacher and the school’s governors. They have expressed their full support for the proposed development, given the acknowledged benefits that the development would generate.

“The proposed housing will provide much-needed homes for local people and will include an element of much-needed affordable housing, the level of which we aim to agree with Wyre Council.

“It is a well thought out plan to create a good mix of high-quality housing that will be designed to integrate with the rest of the village. It takes into consideration the needs of the local area and there is no doubt families moving into the new homes will help to sustain Stalmine as a thriving community.”

He added: “Assessments of the land have shown the site is not at risk from flooding and it is not prime agricultural land, constraints which affect a significant amount of land in Wyre.”

A public exhibition outlining the plans was held at Wyre Villa Football Club in the village earlier this year and local people were asked for their feedback.

The proposal includes a central public open space and “informal recreational areas”. An existing pond and copse

of trees on the site will be retained and incorporated into the plan for the site.

The outline planning application is set to go before Wyre Council’s planners for discussion shortly.