The Proposed Development

Mill Farm Ventures Ltd have submitted plans to build a new 6,000-capacity stadium on the outskirts of Wesham. The proposed £18m complex – known as Fylde Sports and Science Park – will also contains retail, leisure and commercial developments that we believe may take business and trade away from Kirkham and Wesham town centre.

The development includes a food store, a distribution centre with associated office space, a 63-bed hotel, petrol station and a public house.

Development Plans

The local plan indicates 4 hectares to be developed on that land. The proposal is for 14 hectares.

The development is not near any public transport routes and is likely to be hard to access for pedestrians and cyclists. This development will rely on motorcars to get there and will therefore increase traffic on the already busy and dangerous A585.

The model of the revised development is available for local people to view at the AFC Fylde shop at 6 Station Road, Kirkham, with members of staff available to answer any questions from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays. Please go and view this yourself and see the scale of the development and express any concerns to the staff within the shop.

You can also view the development at: -

Fylde Borough Council Website
Town Hall, St Annes
Fylde Borough Council One Stop Shop 292 Clifton Drive North, St Annes, FY8 1LH

What’s wrong with the development?

There are many reasons why we consider a development of this size, on this site, at the main gateway to Kirkham and Wesham would be a disaster for our towns.

History of the Development.

Part of the development is a new home for AFC Fylde. (Formerly Kirkham & Wesham F.C)

AFC Fylde are currently playing their home games at Kellamergh Park in Warton (behind the Birley Arms). They are looking to build a bigger stadium somewhere within the local area.

We are not against AFC Fylde having bigger and better facilities in the local area, especially if these are available for the community to use, but we believe this is not the right location for it and we don't see the need to have this ground mixed in with commercial facilities that will affect trade in Wesham and Kirkham town centre.

Also when the average crowd at AFC Fylde is around 300 people we feel a stadium that holds 6000 people is overly excessive.

They originally planned to build the stadium on Greenlands Farm in Wrea Green, but after a long campaign in which they upset many residents they were overwhelmingly voted against because

"Fylde Council is all for well-planned development, but members believed it was too big and too intrusive for the area."
and

"the development would be of inappropriate scale for its countryside location, and that this harm was not outweighed by the sporting and economic benefits of the scheme."

Both these planning objections are valid for the new proposed development at Mill Farm.

The new plans by AFC Fylde for Mill Farm are even bigger than their original plans at Greenlands Farm and with the retail side it could take vital economy away from Kirkham and Wesham town centres aswell as increasing traffic congestion on the A585.


Read some of the facts about the Wrea Green development on the Counterbalance website

In the Press

Blackpool Gazette

Lancashire Evening Post

Lytham St Annes Express

Non League Football Paper

 

We are concerned that the proposed development of Mill Farm into a retail and industrial park will have a number of undesirable consequences and we are pleading for your help in stopping it.

What can you do to help?

  • Write to your MP
  • Write to Fylde Borough Council
  • Write to your local councillor
  • Spread the word of our campaign via Social Networks (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Distribute flyers or leaflet
  • Let AFC Fylde know you don't approve of their plans
  • Write to the local paper
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