Civic Society say no to pier site plan

An artist's impression of the revised hotel plans.
An artist's impression of the revised hotel plans.

Plans for a hotel on Fleetwood’s pier site will be opposed by the town’s civic society.

The group fought a scheme by Simmo Developments 12 months ago and have come out against a new plan – despite it being much smaller.

Margaret Daniels

Margaret Daniels

They will speak out when the plan for an 18-bedroomed hotel is considered at a Wyre Planning meeting in the new year.

That meeting will be held at the Marine Hall – as it was last year – because of the huge public interest in the plans put forward by businessman Mike Simmons.

Margaret Daniels, chairman of the Civic Society, said: “It was the unanimous view to oppose it.

“We still feel it’s on the wrong side of the road for anything that involves overnight accommodation.

“We are frightened it would set a precedent.

“We also have a lot of concerns over the removal of food waste because it’s going to have to be done across the pavement.

“But it is still inappropriate where they want to put it - that’s our major concern and also parking. There is still no parking.”

The previous plan was turned down because of its size and possible on-street parking problems.

But the developers have said in their submission to the council that the size has been much reduced from the initial 40 bedrooms.

Highways Authority Lancashire County Council had no objections to the previous scheme.

Chairman of the planning committee, Coun Michael Henderson, said: “In view of the amount of interest and the amount of people who were interested in the first application, it’s only right that it will be at the Marine Hall.”

A date for the meeting has still to be set although it is most likely to be in February.

The normal planning meeting date would be February 1, but, depending on how many other applications have to be dealt with, the pier discussion could be on another date.

Some opponents of the plan have set up a Facebook page in protest.

But the public’s first opportunity to air their views at a meeting will be on November 29 when the plan will be discussed by Fleetwood Town Council.

Mr Simmons was unavailable for comment.