Council unveils its new wishlist for the town

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Garstang Town Council has called for more investment by Wyre Council in the town.

The demand came as it was revealed that Garstang is set to be a far greater target for developers than previously expected.

The Town Council made clear it wants to see any developers observe strict design guidelines in the town’s Conservation Area, it wants the town to retain the Community Centre building which houses the Town Council ‘s own offices for community and civic events and it wants town amenities and parking to be much improved.

The demands follow Wyre Council’s consultations on the ”Emerging Local Plan” which will guide future development across Wyre.

On Monday night the Town Council approved the minutes of a recent behind closed doors extraordinary meeting held to discuss the Plan.

At that meeting – which Town Mayor Coun Graham Salisbury did not attend due to his professional interest in planning matters – councillors noted: “as a result of new Government figures and policy the current figure of 550 new homes for Garstang and Catterall (Core Strategy 2012) would need to be revised.”

Press and public had been excluded from the discussion said the Town Council following guidance from Wyre Council about “the confidential nature of the potential sites.”

The Plan covers an area from Gubberford Lane’s junction with the A6 at Cabus in the north to 39 Garstang Road at Bowgreave in the south, to Parkhead Lane, Barnacre with Bonds in the east and the war memorial on Longmoor Lane, Nateby in the west

Current planning applications approved or being considered for this area include: 320 homes at Nateby/Garstang ,130 homes for the Kepple Lane/A 6 junctionsite, 75 for Utopia Park and 64 for The Toppings. The council noted that substantial sums have been spent in Poulton and Thornton Cleveleys and Garstang needed proportional investment. as the” major service centre in the East”

It also called for buffer zones betweenemployment and housing areas.