Wyre housing proposal passed

Plans to build 77 new homes in the village of Stalmine have been given the go-ahead by planners.

The plans include a 24-space car park and a footpath link to serve the village's primary school, next to the housing development south of Birch Grove.

Lancashire planning consultancy De Pol Associates successfully submitted the outline planning application to Wyre Council planners on behalf of a family of long-established landowners in the area.

Despite the proposal being located on a greenfield site within the designated countryside, De Pol Associates demonstrated the development was sustainable and should be approved under the terms of national planning policy.

The proposed development will include a mixture of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes. The proposed development includes provision for affordable housing at a ratio of 30%.

De Pol held talks with Stalmine Primary School's headteacher and its governors as part of the community consultation process it carried out and they expressed their "full support" for the scheme.

The car park for staff and parents will help ease congestion and problems with on-road parking in the area, particularly during peak hours and school drop-off and pick-up times. It will also make the roads around the school safer for motorists and pedestrians.

Marco De Pol, managing director of De Pol Associates, said: "The planners in Wyre have seen the benefits this well thought out development will bring to the village of Stalmine.

"The car park for the school is a major part of this development plan, which has been drawn up by local people with a genuine interest in the community and its future wellbeing.

"They are supporters of the school as a vital asset for the village and see this as a way of giving something back to their local area."

The proposal also includes a central public open space which will form an attractive focal point for the development. An existing pond and copse of trees on the site will be retained and incorporated into the plan for the site.

De Pol's expert team has a strong track record of guiding housing projects through the planning process across the UK.

The practice, based in its newly relocated offices at Farington House, Leyland, was founded in Preston in 1985. Its team offers advice on all aspects of planning and development and delivers a full range of services to help guide its clients through the complexities of the planning system.

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