Thornton Clevelys Wainhomes
The wider site is divided into five plots within Wyre's Local Plan. Credit: via planning documents

Wainhomes looks to wrap up Thornton-Cleveleys housing

Neil Tague

The housebuilder is seeking full permission for 80 homes and outline consent for close to 200 more, along with a primary school and convenience retail.

According to documents filed with Wyre Council ahead of its planning committee meeting on 1 September, all 80 homes would be affordable and delivered by Jigsaw Homes. Approval is recommended by planning officers.

The wider site, off Lambs Road and Raikes Road, is currently made up of fields, with an established residential area across Lambs Road to the west and an existing primary school to the north.

Within the Wyre Local Plan, the site forms part of a five-plot housing allocation earmarked for 400 homes, the first 157-home phase of which Wainhomes is already underway with.

Wainhomes, advised by Emery Planning, has submitted a hybrid application that covers phases two, and most of the three-part phase three – a smaller part of this, plot C, being in the control of Lancashire developer Baxter Homes.

Phase two accounts for a 6.4-acre site, accessed from and elevated above Lambs Road, and covers 80 homes with landscaping and green infrastructure. Trevor Bridge Associates is advising on landscaping.

Before the site was allocated in the local plan, Wainhomes was refused consent for 68 homes in this site in 2017, also losing at appeal.

Outline consent is sought for the phase three elements, which along with 194 homes, includes a one-form entry primary school on the northern 3b plot, cycle and footpath links, and a 3,000 sq ft convenience store on a narrow strip between the designated phase two and Lambs Lane.

No major issues have been raised by statutory consultees, with 13 letters of objection coming from neighbours.

Wainhomes is looking to have phases two and three treated as one development, which would mean that it would be very close to meeting the affordable housing requirement of 30% within the earlier phase.

Of the 80 proposed homes in phase two, 50 are planned as one- or two-bedroom homes, 26 as three-bedroom and four as four-bedroom.

A positive verdict would be a boost for Wainhomes, which was dealt a blow in South Ribble in June when it had plans for 100 homes dismissed for a second time.

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I think this should be stopped ASAP as they aren’t any social housing and the infrastructure isn’t in place

By Alan Crane