Wyre’s £1.35bn masterplan approved by inspector

An area action plan that could deliver 1,300 new homes and 1.5m sq ft of commercial space in Fleetwood and Thornton on the Lancashire coast has been given the go-ahead following examination by the Government's Planning Inspectorate.

The AAP sets out development parameters and a planning framework for the area over the next 15-20 years and will now be formally adopted Wyre Borough Council.

AAP was advised by the Manchester office of Lambert Smith Hampton, which provided a viability assessment of the spatial framework.

Garry Payne, director of planning and regeneration at Wyre Borough Council, said: "This is fantastic news for the residents, workers and visitors of Fleetwood and Thornton. With planning permission already having been granted for significant parts of the area, we are confident in being able to deliver the proposed developments and associated infrastructure.

"The evidence base required to support the AAP was extensive and detailed. Viability work undertaken by LSH was critical to the process with Adam Mirley required to attend virtually every session of the hearing."

Adam Mirley, associate director in the planning, development and urban regeneration team at LSH's Manchester office, said: "The AAP will pave the way for around £1.35bn of investment, which includes proposals for a new district centre at Burn Haze and at least 150,000 sq m of office and industrial development.

"The AAP is one of very few in the country to have reached this crucial stage and, as a result, has attracted enormous attention from other local authorities. We are extremely pleased to have been involved in such a prestigious project and are happy with the Inspectors support for the AAP."

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