A petition of nearly 1000 signatures signed by residents of Wesham, was handed over today to Andrew Stell, Fylde Borough Council’s Senior Planning Officer. Members of Wesham Action Group (WAG), meeting in St Annes Town Hall on Thursday March 22, gave the petition objecting to the proposed development of 100 homes on countryside north of Mowbreck Lane in Wesham.
This petition contains 50% more names than on the first WAG petition in 2009 when the Group successfully campaigned against 264 homes being built on the same area of countryside. They fought and won the battle after a lengthy enquiry that went to the top of government for a final decision, and then a High Court pro- nouncement in summer 2011.
Metacre, the sites land-owner, came back after the rejection with a revised plan in November 2011 to develop 100 homes on approximately one third of the old site.
WAG believe that this petition once again provides a clear and even stronger local rejection of Metacre’s continued plan to develop land in countryside which is out- side Wesham’s present urban boundary and should be given serious consideration when the application is debated by FBC’s Development Control Committee. It is expected to be heard on April 11.
Local residents have commented that the implications of this being approved would leave the rest of the original site subject to further planning applications, bringing the number back to the original 264 houses.