Lancashire landowners look to sell at Whyndyke

Northern Trust and Closelink have appointed Savills to market the Whyndyke garden village site outside Blackpool, having this summer secured consent for 1,400 homes at the project.

Whydyke has been conceived to fit in with NHS England’s healthy towns initiative and is a 200-acre site in total, with 49 acres earmarked for employment land, and two neighbourhood centres and a pub set to be built out along with the housing.

Blackpool and Fylde councils signed off the housing element in June, following the conclusion of a Section 106 agreement including a £1.28m contribution towards a bus service as well as allocation of space for affordable housing, playing fields, allotments and a primary school and health centre.

A spokesman told Place North West that at this point “all options are on the table” as to how the sales process and division of the site could work.

Ed Rooney, director at Savills, said “We are excited to now bring this site to the market on behalf of the landowners. The site will be marketed by ourselves on the basis of phased disposal or as a single entity.

“The residential element of the site has the benefit of a planning consent and provides the opportunity for developers to build out high quality, new homes in the short term.”

The greenfield site is described as semi-rural and lies on the eastern fringe of Blackpool, close to the M55 on the edge of the built-up area of Marton. A woodland area lies to the immediate east and Preston New Road to the west. The site has been masterplanned by Cassidy + Ashton.

Steve Glenn, land executive for Northern Trust, said: “This site is situated in a great strategic location and will bring about significant investment into the area and provide major benefits to the local community.”

Northern Trust and Closelink represent two of the most significant businesses and landholders in the Blakcpool area, respectively being the main property business of the Hemmings family and a business where one of the two currently listed directors is Owen Oyston, well known for his family’s involvement with Blackpool FC.

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