Controversial plans for 269 new village homes back on the table

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Hugely controversial plans for hundreds of homes and business space in a small village have been re-submitted - after being rejected less than eight months ago.

The plans, which also include a convenience store, a coffee shop and offices are envisaged for a 35 acre greenfield site off the A6 at Nateby and were resubmitted earlier this month.

The original rejection of the proposal is also being appealed by Roman Summer, planning managers for promoters of the plans, J Chippendale.

When the outline application was first unveiled, more than 500 letters of objection were sent to Wyre Council as well as nearly 100 locals attending the planning meeting to voice their concerns.

Concerns raised by the public included access roads creating dangers on the A6, overwhelming sewers and schools as well as removal of green spaces and lack of amenities.

A variation of the original plan would see vehicle access off both the A6 and Nateby Crossing Lane, including the construction of a new roundabout to facilitate access to and from the A6.

Roman Summers states the change is to “respond positively to the traffic safety reason for refusal of the previous application”.

In a application document to Wyre Council, it also says 30 per cent of the 269 homes will be affordable. The site comprises land owned by three families – the Chippendale family – twin brothers Robert and Andrew and their sister Amanda Harris, who own Garstang Marina, have some 18 acres and are directors of scheme promoters J. Chippendale Ltd. Melling Collinson owns nine acres and couple Ted and Marjorie Swarbrick more than 10 acres.

The application will go before the planning committee in either April or May.