Nateby 300 new homes plan back on the table

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The decision to reject controversial plans for hundreds of homes and business near Garstang has been appealed.

The plans, which also include a convenience store and coffee shop, were for a 35 acre greenfield site off the A6 at Nateby.

The employment will assist in creating new jobs and enterprise opportunities for the borough

Roman Summer

The outline application caused outrage in the form of more than 300 objections in September last year.

An appeal has now been lodged against the refusal, and a revised application, with variations on the original, is also set to be submitted to Wyre Council later this month by Roman Summer, planning managers for promoters of the plans, J Chippendale.

One of the variations is set to be 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 that this change is to “respond positively to the traffic safety reason for refusal of our client’s previous application”.

In a application document to Wyre Council, it also states: “The new homes (including 30 per cent affordable) will provide accommodation for current and future residents of the Borough.

“The employment will assist in creating new jobs and enterprise opportunities for the borough.

“The food store will provide a modest scale and convenient localised offer for residents and employees (both existing and new), while the coffee shop/cafe will serve as an attractive meeting and leisure venue for businesses, residents and visitors alike.”

The original application was thrown out in November after a packed two hour debate – a decision which sparked loud applause from the 90 spectators at the

Wyre Council planning meeting.

It meant a dramatic U-turn as the plans for 270 homes were originally recommended for approval.

At the meeting, 18 people spoke to oppose the plans including Garstang Mayor Lynn Harter, Garstang GP Grace Marshall and Garstang retained firefighter Stephen Lowe.

The site comprises land owned by the Chippendale family – twin brothers Robert and Andrew and their sister Amanda Harris, who own Garstang Marina.

Incorporated into the plans would also be landscaped open space and a pedestrian/cycle route to connect the development to Garstang.

J.Chippendale were contacted by the Courier but did not want to make a comment until after the revised application was submitted.

A Wyre spokesman said there was no set timescale as to when a decision would be made on the appeal.

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