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Protect Wyresdale

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A proposal to convert Wyreside Hall, Dolphinholme, into a large hotel and to  build an additional leisure complex and conference venue on the site has been submitted to Wyre Borough Council. Its planning committee will meet very soon to decide on the fate of this application. The Protect Wyresdale group has been formed by concerned members of the local community to raise awareness of the scale and potential impacts of this particular development. These include:

  • Huge impact on road users and road safety – the winding and narrow lanes are popular with walkers, cyclists, joggers, horse riders and other visitors. The hotel project will not be sustainable without big changes to the local road networks and character of the area.
  • Light pollution – significant increase in light from the car park, sports facilities, hotel buildings and increased traffic. As highlighted on the BBC’s hit series, ‘Stargazing’, there are fewer and fewer dark skies in the UK.
  • Noise pollution – noise generated from day to day conference hotel activities and weddings including music and fireworks.
  • Wildlife habitat destruction – the valley is widely appreciated as a haven for wildlife, including a vast range of birds, owls, bats, deer, hares, fish and other river-dwellers.
  • Visual impact – the proposed extensions are out of keeping with the original Robert Adam listed building and will be seen from many different locations in the area as the building sits on top of a hill.

You can have your say. Write a letter to Mrs Andrea Stewart, Planning Officer, Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton le Fylde, Lancashire, FY6 7PU and view the application at:
You can contact Protect Wyresdale Group: or visit the website at