Builders say sorry over Garstang ‘rat run’ chaos

Garstang homes development row
Garstang homes development row
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Builders have apologised to residents who have complained about the access to a site.

Barratt Homes is building 130 new homes on land off Kepple Lane in Garstang and has been constructing a new access

The road is home to the town’s pharmacy and its doctors, Garstang Medical Centre Windsor Surgery, and resident Mary Randles says the road can become a rat run at certain times of the day.

She said: “Even when there isn’t construction traffic it can be chaos on a Wednesday afternoon!

Kim Cartain, from Garstang, posted on Facebook to say: “I went past around 3pm and it was ridiculous, a three ton wagon was blocking the road.”

David Thow, Wyre Council’s head of planning, said: “It is not normal practice to restrict or otherwise control how a developer carries out a development. They are permitted to use public roads, subject to any weight restrictions etc, and planning controls taking this right away would be unreasonable.

“Likewise, they have the right to use any land they own/control. Any traffic safety issues, obstruction, or congestion arising is a matter that is the responsibility of the police to enforce.

“Nonetheless, there is a condition on the planning permission requiring them to construct the access on to the A6 first before any other development begins and we are contacting the Site Manager to get confirmation that once this access has been created, they will use it as the access to carry out the remainder of the development.”

Wyre councillor Dulcie Atkins says any traffic issues on Kepple Lane are the responsibility of the police, who have been informed.

A Barratt Homes statement said: “The site access off Kepple Lane is being used as a temporary measure only to facilitate the construction of the permanent access. It is a short term measure which we are working very hard to complete as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience in the meantime.”

The company is also making a contribution of £600,000 to Wyre Council to be used to help pay for community infrastructure, including road improvements and education provision.