Plan for another 130 new houses

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Plans have been unveiled for a 130 home estate on the green wedge between Garstang and Catterall.

The proposal, by a consortium of local landowners, is for land next to the site owned by travelling showman Stanley Cubbins, who earlier this month was given the green light for 75 homes on his land.

If, as is likely, the latest plans are approved it would lead to another major building boom in Garstang on the scale of the two estates developed to the north of the town in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The landowners behind the Kepple Lane proposal are understood to have been buoyed by Wyre Council’s approval of Mr Cubbins’ building plans.

The site involved in the 
latest development proposals is to the south of the residential properties on Kepple Lane, close to its junction with the A6, as well as south of Garstang medical centre.

The estate would stretch almost to the banks of the River Wyre and the “Many Pads” public footpath.

The main access would be via a new road into the estate off the A6 south of Kepple Lane.

The only access onto the estate off Kepple Lane would be a footpath/cycleway near the medical centre, though it would be used for vehicle access in emergencies.

A series of reports accompanying the application reveal more details of the plans, including a statement that almost 40 of the new homes on the estate would be “affordable.”

The site has long been regarded as part of the “green wedge” separating Garstang and Catterall. A previous bid to develop there, in 2000 was turned down by Wyre Council.

Several nearby residents have already hit out at the application, including Gordon and Lynn Harter, both town councillors who live on Kepple Lane.

In a letter to Wyre, Coun Lynn Harter raises fears about how Garstang’s amenities will cope, worries about flooding risks and road safety fears on the A6, which has seen several fatalities in recent years.

Coun Gordon Harter also raises road safety worries and points out that with a planning application likely to be submitted by the

Chippendale family for a 250 to 275 home estate, plus a light industrial area to the west of Garstang, more pressure will be placed on highways as well as the need for more schools and health facilities.

Another resident has written to Wyre Council saying:”I strongly object to these plans being passed as I think the town is overstretched on many facilities.

“But, most of all, if applications like this keep being passed, it will no longer be the small historic market town we all know and love. “

Planning agents for the applicants have told Wyre that the site “does not appear as part of the wider open countryside but rather, is urban edge in character” and that “it

benefits from being adjacent to an established residential community as it is within easy walking and cycling

distance of a wide range

of local services and facilities. “

They described Kepple Lane as “lightly trafficked.”

The landowners listed on the application are Mr

Andrew Moreland, Mr Timothy Moreland, Mr Alan Stansfield and Mrs Margery Stansfield as well as a Ms Burrell, a Ms Jacques and a Mr Bamber.

Wyre planning committee is hoping to make a decision on the plans by late June.

Garstang Town Council is likely to decide its view on the application within the next few weeks.