Developers consider their position after planning approval rejected a second time

The proposed site

Developers say they are considering their position after a proposal to build 130 new homes in Thornton Cleveleys was rejected for a second time – despite being recommended for approval by planning officers on both occasions.

Liverpool-based BXB Thornton has expressed its frustration at the refusal of its scheme on an allocated site.

The company is a joint venture between Promenade Estates and brownfield land specialist BXB. Garry Goodman, BXB director, said: “This is an allocated site that will deliver an appropriate mix of new private and affordable homes.

“Our masterplan was widely welcomed by the public in two rounds of public consultation and members have gone against the electorate’s wishes. I’m at a loss to understand why.

“Viability was a challenge because of the investment we’d be making in building a new link road into Hillhouse Enterprise Zone, our flood mitigation measures and the quantum of affordable housing, but we made it work with the help of the council’s officers.

“The development would provide a major jobs boost at a time when the economy is rocking on its heels and the decision defies economic logic as much as planning policy. We’re considering carefully what our next step will be.”

He added: “Decisions such as this increase the cost of housing at a time when there is an acknowledged shortage. It also sends a signal to the market that investment in Wyre is not welcome.”

The proposals included enhancements to Springfield Burn as a wildlife and ecology corridor and pedestrian and cycle links with adjacent housing areas.

The masterplan was developed by Brock Carmichael Architects in Liverpool. Other professionals in the team included Erap (ecology), Curtins (transport) and Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson (drainage).

The 12-acre site was acquired in 2021 and previously enjoyed consent for a large scale supermarket, a petrol filling station and 476 parking spaces, permission for which has since lapsed.

Goodman said: “What we’re seeking is far more beneficial to the local community

“The previous consented proposals would have seen the development of the whole site, culverting the watercourse. Our scheme delivers significantly enhanced ecological benefits, with fewer vehicle and HGV movements and affordable housing for the local community.”