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Green light for new Blackpool 1,400-home neighbourhood

by on October 8, 2015

Outline proposals for a £200m new community near Blackpool were approved this week by the council subject to a s106 agreement.

The Whyndyke Farm development involves some 1,400 new homes, a school and a health centre. The scheme, earmarked for a 91-hectare site near junction 4 of the M55, straddles the boundary between Blackpool Council and neighbouring Fylde District Council which gave the project the green light in June.

Work could begin next year on the site which is owned by a consortium including the Oyston family. The majority of the scheme is within Fylde Council’s planning jurisdiction. The impact will be felt largely on Blackpool’s urban area with demand for school places and health care expected to increase.

However, developers say the scheme, which also includes around 20 hectares of employment land, will bring a huge economic boost to the resort.

The s106 agreement involves affordable housing provision, extra secondary school capacity and providing a new bus service.

The master plan envisages some 350 two-bed, 700 three-bed, 280 four-bed and 70 five-bed properties on the northern part of the site along with a two-form primary school and two neighbourhood centres containing retail space, a health centre, a pub, residential units, a café, offices and a takeaway with vehicle access onto Preston New Road and Mythop Road.

View the press release

Roger Milne

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