Residents are being given the chance to have a real say about how Fleetwood should be developed over the next 15 to 20 years.
Wyre Council wants people to suggest potential development sites in the town that might be suitable for a range of uses – and the most suitable will go into Wyre’s Local Plan for possible development.
There are several pockets of land across the town which remain disused with no immediate plans for development.
They are the eyesores that people talk about, the areas which could make Fleetwood a better town with better prospects.
Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council said: “This is an important opportunity for local communities to help shape future development in Wyre.
“We want to hear from residents, landowners, parish and town councils, elected members and community groups about sites or premises in their area that might be suitable for new homes, businesses or shops.
“You don’t have to be the owner of a site to put it forward and you can propose a number of uses for each site.
“The council will look at all the suggestions and the most suitable will go into Wyre’s Local Plan for potential development.”
Wyre and Town Councillor Terry Rogers said: “It’s a chance for the public to identify areas which could be developed.
“I’m all for it, there are patches of land in Fleetwood which come to mind which have been left to their own devices.
“This is a chance for people to put their ideas on an email, send it to the officers who can have a look at the suggestions.
“It’s also a good opportunity to find out who the owners of these areas are and possibly ask them to clear up the sites, if needed.
Ideas for sites could include housing, traveller accommodation, employment, retail, leisure or other commercial uses.
Once the ideas are in, the council aims to carry out public consultation over an initial draft of the Local Plan next year, with the final document expected to be formally adopted in 2017.
Putting a site forward for consideration however does not constitute a planning application nor does it guarantee the council will allocate the site or support its development in the future.
People have until noon on Monday, March 24, to submit their suggestions and can do so online at wyre.gov.uk/callforsites
Alternatively, forms can be obtained from Wyre Council, Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton. Call (01253) 891000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy. A list of all sites put forward will be made available on the council’s website in due course.