New homes for Fylde village get green light

Plans to build 25 new homes on the Sunnydale Nurseries site in the Fylde village of Little Eccleston have been given the go ahead.

Lancashire-based planning consultancy PWA Planning and Stanton Andrews Architects have gained permission for the development at the 4.6 acre site on behalf of the landowner which plans to move its salad growing operations to another site on the Fylde to enable expansion.

Seven of the 25 properties planned for the nurseries site, in Garstang Road, will be affordable homes.

Daniel Hughes, senior planner at PWA Planning, said: “This project will see a brownfield site that’s already been heavily developed upon transformed into a high-quality, sustainable housing scheme. It will provide a significant boost to the supply of new homes in Little Eccleston.

“As with any proposal to build new homes in a rural area, there have been objections, but we have worked closely with the local authority planning team to allay any concerns and ensure we’re bringing forward a viable development.”

The indicative site layout and house types have been designed by Stanton Andrews Architects, which has offices in Clitheroe and Lytham.

Charles Stanton, of Stanton Andrews, added: “The homes have been designed to complement the rural character of the local area while adopting contemporary development strategies. The existing pond on the site will be retained as a key feature of the development and integrated into a wildlife garden, landscaped swale and shared surfaces for vehicles and pedestrians.”

The site lies on the western edge of Little Eccleston and is bounded by agricultural land to the North and the Meadow Croft Caravan Park to the west. The development will be designed to provide good pedestrian connectivity to the village of Great Eccleston just 500 metres away.

The plans were approved by Fylde Borough Council on July 29, subject to the Section 106 agreement for the provision of affordable homes as part of the development being agreed.