The massive project, which also includes a new school, a village hall, shops, commercial space which could attract up to 2,000 jobs, and a health centre on land adjacent to Preston New Road, has been on the cards since 2011.
It has been held back by concerns over the infrastructure required to sustain the development, which straddles land in both Blackpool and neighbouring Fylde Council’s boundaries.
Cassidy and Ashton have submitted a fresh planning brief which demonstrates ‘the proposed development will provide a truly sustainable urban extension. In doing so, it will provide significant benefits to both the immediate area and wider locality including the provision of a wide choice of housing and employment land together with an array of local community facilities.’
Issues addressed include transport and drainage, with the brief saying the scheme will incorporate a series of highway measures to ensure traffic can be accommodated on existing roads. The scheme, if it gets the go ahead, will see housing dominate the northern part of the site with the employment area created alongside the M55 motorway.
Community facilities would include shops, financial services and cafes plus a village hall with space for indoor activities, a two-form entry primary school and a health centre.
The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) supports the application because it would prefer to see land on the urban fringe developed rather than open countryside.