New 77-home development ‘will bring new life blood’

Plans to build 77 new homes in Birch Grove, Stalmine, have been submitted to Wyre Council
Plans to build 77 new homes in Birch Grove, Stalmine, have been submitted to Wyre Council

Plans for 77 new houses have given the go-ahead and hailed as bringing new life blood to a Wyre village.

A mixed development of homes will be built on land off Birch Grove, Stalmine, with two, three , four and five bedroomed properties plus gardens.

The developers have also agreed to link the new estate to neighbouring Stalmine Primary School on Mill Lane with a new footpath and will also build a 24-space car park and turning space for the school to ease road traffic danger.

Wyre Coun Lynne Bowen said the development had been broadly welcomed and would bring benefits to the village.

She said: “The developers consulted really well with the village. It will be a good thing for Stalmine, it’s only a small village and this will bring in a good mixture of people with some affordable homes and family homes.

“It would be sad to see the village go into decline due to lack of new blood.

“The car park for the school is good because that is a dangerous road with a lot of through traffic to Knott End.”

The plans had attracted 14 letters of objection but also 19 letters in its support and had been recommended for approval by planning officers.

Lancashire planning consultancy De Pol Associates submitted the outline planning application to Wyre Borough Council on behalf of a family of long-established landowners in the area.

Despite the proposal being located on a greenfield site within the designated countryside, De Pol demonstrated that the 3.5 hectare development was sustainable and should be approved under the terms of national planning policy.

They said they aim to build a mixture of homes including affordable housing.

De Pol will be building Stalmine Primary School a new car park as part of the planning deal.