Protect our countryside, MP urges

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A LOCAL MP has urged the Government to reassure Fylde residents that rural areas will not be hit with a stampede of planning applications.

With no Local Plan – a key document setting out housing priorities – yet in place in Fylde, residents and parish councils in rural areas contacted Mark Menzies MP to express concern that developers could target rural, countryside areas for house building.

Many people told the Fylde MP that they wanted to be sure that countryside areas would be protected.

As a result, Mr Menzies wrote to planning Ministers to put forward their views.

But he has now gone one step further, asking planning minister, Greg Clark, to promise residents that they would not be unduly affected as they wait for Fylde’s local plan to be drawn up.

Speaking at Department for Communities and Local Government questions, Mr Menzies asked: “Given that the Fylde Borough Council local plan will not come into force for some time, what assurances can my right honourable friend give me and my constituents that we will not see a stampede of planning applications in the meantime?”

In his reply, Mr Clark urged the council to press on with their local plan and promised that transitional arrangements would be made for councils without a local plan.

More detail on the transitional arrangements is set to be revealed soon in guidance letters to local councils.


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