Wyre Housing Hollins Lane
The plot outlined in red

Wyre to sign off Hollins Lane housing land release

The council will give its backing to a masterplan covering a plot near Forton, due to be released for housing development under the borough’s Local Plan.

Wyre’s Local Plan has allocated the plot to the east of Hollins Lane for housing development; this is currently a green field site abutting existing housing development.

MCI Developments is now looking to bring forward a 51-home scheme on the site, but Wyre’s Local Plan states the site should be developed using a masterplan, rather than a traditional planning application.

The six-acre site, bordered by the West Coast Mainline, has an allocation for a minimum of 51 houses under the plan, which runs from 2011 to 2031. Two existing planning permissions, totalling 51 homes between them, already exist for the site.

MCI’s proposed masterplan, due to go before Wyre Council next week, aims to “create an organic extension to Hollins Lane” that is “integrated into the existing village fabric”.

Homes on the site will be a maximum of two storeys and will include a mix of house types, along with an allocation of 30% affordable tenures; MCI is also proposing to retain a green border to the north of the site.

The council is set to endorse the masterplan for the site at a meeting on 31 July.

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It says ” “create an organic extension to Hollins Lane” that is “integrated into the existing village fabric”.
What a joke! They have already let a builder just north put in a footway then plant a thorn hedge so close to it that it is already narrowing the Path . And further north they let another development steel the verge and incorporate it into the site with a new hedge that now sticks out feet over the carriageway.
Integrated with the village fabric – how do kids walk to Forton Primary school when most of the road has no footway and how do older kids walk to the A6 to get the bus to Garstang Academy?
It will be another totally car oriented sprawl with the way Wyre planners mess it up.

By Matt Hodges

Wyre love to go on about “organic extensions” – Hambleton, Great Eccleston, Inskip, and now Forton/Hollins Lane. All four are being or about to be hammered by housing they don’t need and cannot cope with.

Organic extension(s) roughly translates as having housing forced upon settlements that have no realistic scope to grow, but are taking a hit in the absence of Wyre being able to accommodate(elsewhere) a ludicrous amount of housing now enshrined in its adopted Local Plan.

By Eric Stuart

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