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The site previously had consent for a Sainsbury's supermarket. Credit: via Merrion Strategy

BXB Thornton awaits Wyre green light 

A scheme put forward by the joint venture between Promenade Estates and brownfield land specialist BXB for 130 homes in Thornton Cleveleys has been recommended for approval by the local council. 

The 12-acre site off Fleetwood Road North was once the subject of plans for a Sainsbury’s supermarket that never materialised. 

BXB Thornton bought the plot from Sainsbury’s in February 2021 and submitted plans for its redevelopment into housing 12 months ago. 

Wyre Council’s planning officers have recommended the planning committee approve the application at its meeting next week. 

A report to the committee states that “the development would carry significant economic benefits…and various social and economic benefits”.   

“It’s a tricky site in technical terms, with issues such as drainage, site levels and biodiversity mitigation all posing significant challenges to its overall viability,” said BXB director Gary Goodman.  

“Working closely with the local authority and a range of statutory consultees we’ve been able to address those challenges and I am looking forward to putting our proposals before the planning committee for its scrutiny.”  

Nexus Planning is advising the joint venture on its proposals. 

BXB and Promenade joined forces in 2019 with a focus on identifying brownfield sites in need of remediation to prepare them for redevelopment into housing. 

The JV’s other schemes include the 1,100 homes former Cowley Hill glassworks in St Helens and the former Cottam Brickworks in Preston. 

“Given society’s emphasis on climate mitigation, it makes perfect sense to utilise allocated land within the urban area and technically challenging plots such as this so that we don’t eat into the greenbelt,” said Dan Hynd, director at Promenade Estates. 

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