Negotiations conclude over Blackpool’s 1,400-home healthy town

Plans for 1,400 homes in a new “healthy town” on the edge of Blackpool by a consortium led by landowners Closelink and Metacre have been formally signed off by Blackpool and Fylde Councils.

The section 106 agreement for Whyndyke Garden Village, which outlines the public sector contributions developers will meet for new town, has been concluded and will see £1.28m towards a bus service as well as allocation of space for affordable housing, playing fields, allotments and a primary school and health centre.

Situated close to the M55 Whyndyke forms part of NHS England’s healthy towns initiative and is designed to incorporate measures to improve people’s wellbeing.

The 1,400 homes will be spread across 177 acres, with an additional 50 acres allocated as employment land with the garden village anticipated to complete in 2031. The new development will include two neighbourhood centres and a pub.

Architectural firm Cassidy + Ashton secured planning permission for the urban extension in 2015 after plans were submitted in 2011.

The healthy towns programme involves the NHS working with 10 housing developments across England to shape communities and rethink how health services can be delivered.

Chairman of the Whyndyke Garden Village Board, Fylde Council chief executive Allan Oldfield, said: “Whyndyke Garden Village is the first Healthy New Town in Lancashire. The unique thing about this development is that it will be built in a way which makes it easier for people to live a healthier lifestyle.

“Community, health and employment facilities will be located closely together and measures like smart home digital technology will help people to stay fit and well in their home.”

Partners making up the Whyndyke Garden Village Board include Fylde Council; Blackpool Council; Lancashire County Council; Lancaster University; Cassidy + Ashton Architects; Blackpool FC Community Trust; Progress Housing; YMCA; NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG and Cidari Multi Academy Trust.

The phasing for the construction of the project is yet to be revealed.

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