Have your say on housing plans for Garstang district

Gordon McCann:
Gordon McCann:

GARSTANG and Wyre residents are being invited to have their say on the latest blueprint plan for the area - which could see 1,000 new homes in the town and surrounding villages.

The plans propose 550 new homes in Garstang / Catterall, 200 new homes at Great Eccleston, Bilsborrow, Pilling and Forton, 250 new homes in Hambleton, Stalmine, Knott End and Preesall and 40 new homes concentrated at Scorton and Calder Vale.

There are also proposals for 16 hectares of new employment land and make Catterall and improvements to Garstang town centre.

Wyre Council says its draft ‘core strategy’ will guide future growth and development until through to 2028 and wants people to have their say on the proposals.

Various venues are to host sessions at which residents can see the plans.

Coun Gordon McCann of Preesall, Wyre cabinet member, said: “This is the council’s most important planning document and sets out how and where Wyre will be developed. It includes where new homes and businesses will be concentrated, how the transport network will be improved and how we’ll tackle issues such as flood risk and renewable energy.

“The views of the people of Wyre are essential in shaping this plan. I urge anyone who lives, works or shops in Wyre, to find out how the Core Strategy will affect them and tell us what they think.”

Borough-wide the document proposes 3,410 new homes across Wyre including the 1,000 in Garstang/rural Wyre.

In addition to the online consultation, the documents can be viewed and printed questionnaires are available at the Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton, in local libraries and at a number of exhibitions.

The special displays in the rural district are on:

Thursday April 12: Tourist Information Centre, Cherestanc Square, Garstang, 11am-3pm and Garstang Library, 5pm-7.15pm.

Tuesday, April 17 , 10am-2pm: Knott End Library.

Wednesday April 18 , 9am-1pm: Farmer’s Market, The Square, Great Eccleston

Thursday May 3, 3.30pm-7pm: Scorton Primary School, Snow Hill Lane, Scorton

• For more information and full details of how to take part in the consultation visit www.wyre.gov.uk/corestrategy.

The consultation will end at 5pm on May 21.