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Road safety within Wesham is set to come under threat should a new proposed development be given the green light by Fylde Borough Council.  The proposed 264 house development situated on prime agricultural land North of Mowbreck Lane.  The planning application submitted by Metacre Ltd includes a new access road  sited just 50 metres from the Fleetwood Road  and A585 roundabout. In addition to this it also features no less than 5 new access roads onto Mowbreck Lane a road which has caused traffic problems in the past.

 

There are also fears about the Emergency services. Fire and Rescue and Ambulance have stations only 100 metres form the access road on Fleetwood Road and with the expected increase in traffic, lives will be put at risk if they are delayed in attending incidents.

 

Huge risk to Wesham's Children

Huge risk to Wesham's Children

The proposed development would feature 264 new homes, this is expected to bring an extra 400 new cars to Wesham’s roads which are already reaching near capacity.

 

A spokesperson for the Wesham Action Group said “ It is an accident waiting to happen, at peak times Fleetwood Road and the A585 are  extremely busy, cars pulling  out on to Fleetwood Road will not see fast approaching traffic  exiting the roundabout. As the majority of people who will live on the site are expected to have jobs outside of Wesham so it is assumed that they will need to use their cars,  road safety will undoubtedly be threatened. The lack of a decent public transport system in and out of Wesham will also not be able to cope with this increase in demand “

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Our Aim

Wesham Action Group has been formed by local residents to initially stop an extremely large development north of Mowbreck Lane, Wesham. Further to this, Wesham Action Group aim to campaign against further developments on the borders of all small towns around Rural Fylde.

We have formed the group to challenge each and every housing development application proposed for GREENFIELD SITES and to promote and protect our rural legacy. Our area is called Rural Fylde for one simple reason: We have Farms and Fields! WAGs will not allow our farms and fields to be built on.

 

 

KEEP ‘RURAL FYLDE’ RURAL!

A public meeting to discuss the Mowbreck Development was held. A lot of very useful and important points were raised. One was to stress the importance of  actually writing to the FBC Development Control Committee. (Follow the link for full contact details.)

Cllr Clayton stressed the content of these correspondences should be strictly fact based on whatever points you want to make. Emotive pleas are often disregarded if there are no actual policy related points included. Details of FBC Planning Policies can be found here. The Case number should be included in any correspondence you send. It is 08/1072.

Individual views on the planning application are very important, so please encourage your friends, family and neighbours to contact the DCC.

As a result of this meeting a number of people volunteered to form an Action Group. If you want to help leave a message on this site, alternatively you can contact one of the Town Councillors or through www.weshamforum.blogspot.com .

Although the consultation period ends on 3rd February 2009 your views will still be taken into account right up to the date this case goes to the DCC. (11th Mar 2009)

Please feel free to leave your comments on this site.

This site will be updated with news on the application regularly.

KEEP ‘RURAL FYLDE’ RURAL!!

A planning application has now been submitted to Fylde Borough Council for ‘regeneration’ of farm land north of Mowbreck Lane.

Dated 6th January 2009, the application to concrete our countryside can be viewed here. The consultation period for this ends on 27th January 2009. Within this short period of time all neighbours of the site, relevant agencies and consultees must submit any petitions and/or interests.

Wesham Action Group believe any development on this site would cause catastrophic destruction of wildlife habitat. Metacre (also known as Northern Trust or Whittle Jones) have reported the existing biological heritage site will be enhanced. The plan shows the heritage site (Wesham Marsh). WAGs asks: How do you enhance a marsh? More importantly: How will a marsh be affected by large scale geoscaping right up to its boundry?

From the submitted plan you are able to see the road structure of the development. It’s serpentine spine road conjours an image of  idilyc motoring around a quiet conurbation. In reality, this image would never realised. Traffic calming measures would be barely noticed by commuters, desperate to reach the motorway, using either Mowbreck Lane or the, as yet, Unamed Road.

The Western entrance to the site would be not “an accident waiting to happen” but an accident happening daily! Travelling from the motorway any motorists wanting to access the site would have to  slow down immediatley after exiting a large roundabout and initiate a left turn.The rear-end shunts in this circumstance would happen often if not daily. Alternatively, motorists wishing to continue to Wesham/Kirkham would have to ensure their left indicator had ceased flashing on leaving the roundabout, otherwise vehicles trying to egress the conurbation may think they were turning left into the conurbation. The side-on collisions in this circumstance would be an all too frequent occurence. An entrance off Fleetwood Road into the Crossing gates estate was not allowed for very similar reasons.

The traffic levels along Mowbreck Lane would, of course, increase considerably. Congestion, confusion and calamity would ensue at School time. With an already perilous situation outside St Josephs and along Mowbreck for people wishing to park on the school run, the added traffic would undoubtedly put childrens lives at risk. Two access roads would run off Mowbreck lane. They are separated by the entrances to three new Cul-de-sacs. As the plan shows, all five side roads lie on a long left hand, near-blind bend. Motorists would find it very difficult to see vehicles trying to exit one of these side roads.  Yet another potential accident blackspot.

Local amenities servicing Kirkham, Wesham and surrounding villages would be stretched to breaking point with the introduction of 264 new dwellings. This number of new houses could potentially mean 1000 extra residents jostling for a place at doctors, dentists, schools, groups, community care, in-town car parking, etc…… Fylde Resident’s council tax would increase to cover extra landfill tax accrued as well as the cost for every other service FBC and LCC provide. Although letters have been sent out to all geographical neighbours of this site, the whole of the Fylde would be affected by it.

SO LET US STAND TOGETHER AND SAY NO!

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