MP and councillors set for planning talks

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A DELEGATION from Fylde are set to head to Westminster after requesting a meeting with Government ministers and officials about planning.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies, Fylde Council leader, Cllr David Eaves and Fylde cabinet member for planning, Cllr Trevor Fiddler, along with Fylde Council officers, want to meet with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

It follows a flurry of planning applications, some of which Fylde Council feel they have no choice but to approve in order to try to meet housing targets, which have led to a number of concerned letters from local residents.

Mr Menzies, Cllr Eaves and Cllr Fiddler share residents concerns and Mr Menzies has now written to planning Minister, Nick Boles MP, to request a meeting.

Cllr Eaves said: “I think all councillors in Fylde have a broadly similar view about these matters and share the concerns of the public about the planning targets we have to meet.

“We recognise it is important to protect certain areas of Fylde and we hope to meet with DCLG to put forward our case and see what support they may be able to offer.”

Mr Menzies added: “Like councillors, I have had a number of letters regarding planning applications which many people are concerned about.

“I recognise that this is a very important issue for people, I am trying to do everything I can to assist the council and I hope, if we can sit down and talk to DCLG, they may be able to help.

“This is an extremely complex problem affected by many factors including changes to policy, the state of the housing market, house prices, building targets and social and economic issues.”

And Cllr Fiddler, who is responsible for Fylde’s planning policies, said: “I welcome the opportunity to meet with DCLG and try to put our points across and I have already met with their chief planners.

“We know people feel passionately about development in Fylde and we want the people of Fylde to know we are listening and doing our very best.”

Mr Menzies is now awaiting a reply from Mr Boles and hopes to have a response soon.

In the past year, Fylde Council have approved major planning applications at a number of locations and an application to build 1,100 homes at Queensway was approved following a series of planning appeals.

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