Proposals have been lodged to build three tall town houses in a conservation area In Poulton – but Wyre’s conservation officer and nearby neighbours have raised objections.

The Poulton-based applicant plans to build the four-storey town houses, with associated parking, on a site off Tithebarn Street and has lodged the application with planners at Wyre Council.

The scheme, earmarked for land at the rear of existing homes on Longfield Avenue and Longfield Place, also includes new pedestrian access onto Tithebarn Street.

There are currently a number of larger new housing schemes pending or approved in Poulton but the applicant’s scheme is on a much smaller scale.

However, objectors say the proposed new houses would be out of character with the surrounding area.

Conservation officer Ian Heywood, stated in the application documents: “The proposed development is considered to cause harm to the appearance of the Poulton-le-Fylde Conservation Area and to the significance of this designated heritage asset.”

One objector commented: “The four floor houses would be in close proximity to terraces of two floor homes therefore there would be a huge difference in height and it would not be in keeping with the aesthetics or history of the area.

“There are so many new developments being authorised in the local area, I don’t believe there is any benefit to this development and it would cause more harm than good.”

Another said: ” Four storey townhouses will look completely out of place and spoilt the aesthetics of this conservation area in Poulton.

“I’m also highly concerned about how building materials will be transported as the alleyways are very narrow and the roads already congested.”

Despite this, architects for the project say the design is sympathetic to the area around it.

RT Architecture and Design, of Lytham, stated: “The building has been designed to respond to and not replicate existing architecture.

“It is sympathetic to the surrounding context and reflects the form and the materials of the local area.”

A decision on the application is currently pending.”

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