Stalmine Care Home, VOS, Wyre
The Stalmine scheme The project comprises two care home buildings with 80 bedrooms each

No room for new Wyre retirement homes

Dan Whelan

Two projects that could have delivered a combined 195 care home beds in the borough were refused by Wyre Council due to their “unacceptable impact on visual amenity”. 

A 160-bedroom facility in Stalmine to be built by developer VOS was recommended for approval by Wyre’s planning officers but members of the planning committee rejected it. 

The development was proposed for a seven-acre site off Strickland Lane, north-east of Blackpool.  

The project comprised two care home buildings with 80 bedrooms each. VOS also requested outline consent for up to 50 homes on the site.  

VOS’s project featured a salon, cinema, games rooms and bistro, all designed by NJSR Architects.  

Stalmine Parish Council, Stalmine with Staynall Residents Association and local councillors all spoke out against the project. The list of objections included claims that the site is inappropriate for a care home as it is too far from GP surgeries, and that the proposals were “overbearing”.  

On Coronation Road in Thornton Cleveleys, plans for a three-storey nursing home comprising 35 bedrooms was turned down on the same grounds as the Stalmine scheme.

These included that the “scale and massing and height of the buildings, would be out of keeping with the street scene character of this rural village location, resulting in an unacceptable impact on visual amenity”. 

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Stricklands Lane cannot possibly cope with any more traffic. Neither can the drains which already result in flooding. May I add it is impossible to cross this road as there are no traffic lights or nowhere safe to cross from Shard bridge right through to Knott End.

By Janet Morley

Everyone moaning about traffic congestion. If you drive a car, you’re contributing to the problem as well. Get a bike, get public transport. Move somewhere that makes it easy for you to cycle, walk or use public transport. Campaign for safer cycle routes or better public transport. Moaning about congestion while you use a car is like complaining it’s too hot while turning up the thermostat.

By Anonymous

The developer could have quite easily designed care homes that were visually appealing to the planning committee. One word reason why they didn’t… Greed!

Instead of acquiring a site to build two care homes, which they could have designed low-rise, set back from the main road, with lots of green space, they decided to shove another 50 houses and apartments on the site.

By Robert