Town council ‘no’ to 64 homes plan

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Proposals for a 64 home new housing development on the outskirts of Garstang have been cold shouldered by the town council.

The council has also raised objections to the resubmission of plans for the conversion of Garstang St Thomas’s Parish Hall and car park.

Councillors met on Monday evening at the community centre to discuss their stance on the applications, which are due to be decided by Wyre Council.

The 64 house development at The Toppings at Barnacre- with-Bonds, for which outline planning permission is being sought by Redrow Homes, is outside the council’s ward perimeters, but councillors chose to comment because of fears about increased traffic causing safety issues.

Members of the town council’s planning committee claimed it was already “chaos” on local roads at school times. They said they were also aware of objections from local residents about the development.

Mayor Coun Chris Ryan added that the proposed site for the new development was on a flood plain.

Attention then turned to the resubmission of plans to convert the parish hall into four homes and what is proving to be a controversial creation of a new shared vehicle and pedestrian access and car parking spaces.

Councillors agreed to register the same objections they had made to the earlier application by St Thomas’s Parochial Church Council. They also agreed to object to plans to build one new dwelling in the hall grounds.