Bellair seeks views on Lytham scheme

A community consultation has been launched on proposals to redevelop the disused Great Birchwood Country Park campsite into 62 homes.

Edinburgh-based Bellair said that a low-density development at the site on Lytham Road, St Annes would make the site an asset to the communities of Warton and Lytham.

Bellair said the scheme will include generous public open space, protection of natural habitats, additional seating and public space for walkers and cyclcists, and retained screening around the site.

Colin Campbell, a director at the firm, said: “This site is in desperate need of some TLC and a new, sustainable use. I’m delighted to be proposing a high-quality, low-density development of much-needed family homes that I believe will truly be an asset to the area.

“As a previously developed site the construction of homes here will reduce the need to build houses on other, greenfield sites on the Fylde. This, combined with our proposed contribution towards affordable homes and enhancements to public open space, mean that our plans will deliver significant benefits for the community.”

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The site housed a US themed-holiday park until its 2016 closure. Credit: via BECG

A project website has been launched, along with a community newsletter. A planning application is expected before year end.

Great Birchwood Country Park was originally built as a base for Air Force personnel during World War II and was most recently a country & western-themed campsite. It closed as a holiday park in 2016 and has been unused since.

Planning permission was granted in 2018 for the development of assisted living bungalows and a care home, a proposal the promoter ultimately found unviable.

The consultation runs until 3 December.


Up to 62 homes could be accommodated. Credit: via BECG

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i know the birchwood site from it’s car boot days, i bet a lot of the site is hard standing, it could never be farming or greenfield land again, i think creating a landscaped space without over crowding with housing is a perfect idea, the land is useless for anything else and if left would just become an overgrown mess, the site it already there so it’s not like any farm or wild land is being used or destroyed, there arn’t any large plots of houses near by risking overcrowding so i can’t see why there would be any issues.

By A Monro

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