Approval for £200m Whyndyke Farm redevelopment

Architectural and planning consultancy Cassidy + Ashton has secured planning permission for a 225-acre urban extension on the outskirts of Blackpool, on behalf of a consortium including Blackpool FC owners the Oyston family.

Plans for the Whyndyke Farm site, which is situated on land between Mythop Road, Preston New Road and the M55, include 1,400 homes, a primary school, two shopping areas, a pub, health centre and a community centre. In addition, almost 50-acres has been allocated for industrial, storage or distribution use.

Other elements of the scheme include car parking, sports pitches and allotments, as well as natural habitats such as ponds and watercourses. Highways infrastructure will also be created to link the site to existing roadways.

The plot straddles both Fylde and Blackpool Council boundaries.

It is expected that it will take around 15 years until the site is fully developed.

Alban Cassidy, chartered town planner and environmental consultant at Cassidy + Ashton, said: “We have worked on this project for several years and have utilised skills and experience from across both our planning and architectural teams to develop a sustainable, mixed-use development that will help to meet the residential, retail and employment needs of the Fylde peninsula.”

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The approved plans I have seen, dated 6th October 2015, indicate a school immediately behind a station serving highly inflammable fuels and oils.The potential for serious accidents involving the delivery and storage of these fossil fuels is a major cause for concern.

By B Ainge