Green light for £200m Blackpool development

Councillors have approved plans for a £200m, 225-acre development at Blackpool's Whyndyke Farm that will see hundreds of jobs created and 1,400 homes built.

Whyndyke FarmAs well as 50 acres earmarked for industrial, storage or distribution use, the proposals also include a school, health centre and retail space.

Blackpool Council gave the green light for work to start next year, expecting the project to take between 10 and 15 years to complete. Fylde Council, which will have jurisdiction over the majority of the land, approved plans in June.

Outline planning for the site, some of which had previously been drafted as a new home for Blackpool FC, includes 350 two-bed, 700 three-bed, 280 four-bed and 70 five-bed properties on the northern part of the site.

This was scaled back from an original plan for more than 2,000 homes, but planning officers requested provisions for employment land. There will also be two neighbourhood centres, retail space, sports pitches and natural habitats such as ponds and watercourses.