Concerns raised over homes plan
More than 70 new homes and a community centre have been proposed for a site close to the A6.
Wainhomes is planning to build 72 properties and retail space in land off the A6 Garstang Road, Barton, as well as access to the major route from the proposed estate.
The plans for the development are currently being considered by Wyre Council.
The developers claim the site would result in a number of “significant” economic and social benefits, including a new community facility for the benefit of existing and potentially new residents.
The application also requests roadworks to provide access to the A6.
But some residents in Barton say they are unhappy with the plans.
Graham Jolliffe, Barton Parish councillor and resident on Garstang Road, has voiced his concerns.
He said: “I’m really not happy at all.
“These 72 homes are only part of Wainhomes’ masterplan to build about another 200 houses in the area.
“That is going to massively change the character of this village – which only has about 500 houses or so.
“And we are concerned it is going to worsen the problems on the A6 Garstang Road which is already at its capacity.
“These extra houses could have two car each, which would contribute to the highways problems we already have.
“There aren’t many nearby shops, the schools are all full and there are no plans for new doctors surgeries or dentists, meaning more and more people will be driving for these things.
“The village is quite objected to a lot of these buildings.
“Some of the plans might be OK for our village if they had a bit more pace and developments which consider the problems with the highways, which I don’t think these do.
“As a parish council, we’re trying to help what our villagers are telling us they are worried about.”
Preston Council bosses are also being consulted on the plans, as the estate would be on the border of the city.
Nobody from Wainhomes was available to comment at the time of going to press.
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