300-plus homes plan for Poulton

Blackpool Council has revealed plans to build up to 330 new homes on a greenfield site in neighbouring Wyre borough.

Lancashire-based planning consultancy De Pol Associates has submitted an outline planning application for a site in Poulton-le-Fylde owned by the council.

The 12.2-hectare site at Woodhouse Farm lies to the south of Blackpool Road in the Carleton area.

In a statement the planning consultancy said: “Outline permission is being sought for up to 330 homes, the mix and tenure of which would be determined at the reserved matters stage, but it is anticipated that up to 30 per cent would comprise affordable properties.”

It says that the greenfield site was released from the Green Belt by the Wyre Local Plan in February this year.

And it adds that the site sits adjacent to, but not within, an area allocated by the Local Plan for 300 houses and a new primary school, for part of which there are pending applications.

Alexis De Pol, managing director of De Pol Associates, said: "This application would provide up to 330 new homes, of which around 99 would be affordable, thereby supporting the drive to deliver some of the thousands of new homes needed by Wyre Borough Council in the coming years.

"While the application site is not within an allocated area, it lies immediately adjacent to one and has been identified by the Local Plan Examination Inspector as sustainably located.


“It is accessible to the existing town centre and the borough’s only railway station, and within the defined settlement boundary of an Urban Town where the Local Plan Strategy seeks to direct new housing development.”

The outline application shows that 24 per cent of the site would be retained as public open space, with “biodiversity enhancement” to include additional tree and hedgerow planting and the creation of two ponds.

De Pol says the transport assessment also confirms that, subject to the improvements already being carried out at the Norcross Roundabout on the main A585 trunk road, the proposal would not have an unacceptable impact on highways safety. 

The submission is the second of two major schemes that De Pol, which is based in Farington, has submitted to Wyre in the past few months.

The first is an outline scheme for up to 350 new homes plus community facilities such as a new primary school, medical centre, community hall, convenience store and employment space in Great Eccleston on behalf of Metacre. Together the two developments would provide up to 680 new homes for Wyre.

Details of design and specifics with regards roads and access at Woodhouse Farm would be determined under reserved matters.

But De Pol says “an indicative parameters plan” suggests two access points off Blackpool Road. Kirkham-based architect DC&MG Associates has provided additional support with the design and layout.

The public right of way through the site would be retained and enhanced with proposed areas of public open space as part of the green infrastructure provision.