New homes plan set for green light

Midweek Visiter - - News - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @chantelle­heeds

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL plans to build 99 new homes in Formby look set to be ap­proved – just months af­ter sim­i­lar pro­pos­als were re­jected.

The plans were also con­sid­ered by Sefton Coun­cil ear­lier this month, but were de­ferred un­til tomorrow even­ing.

The new pro­posal, which will see 99 homes built on the land to the rear of An­drews Lane, has been rec­om­mended for ap­proval in a re­port pre­pared by coun­cil plan­ning of­fi­cers.

An orig­i­nal ap­pli­ca­tion for 95 homes was re­jected in De­cem­ber 2016 for rea­sons in­clud­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate use of green land, con­cerns over flood­ing and the detri­men­tal im­pact on the ex­ist­ing prop­er­ties.

Redrow, the com­pany be­hind the pro­posal, has ap­pealed that rul­ing as well as sub­mit­ting the new plans.

If the new plans are passed by the Plan­ning Com­mit­tee this Wed­nes­day, how­ever, Sefton Coun­cil will not con­test the ap­peal made by Redrow. A date Formby, where there is a short­fall of de­vel­op­ment and in­clude 31 af­ford­able homes.

“This, in turn, will as­sist in re­duc­ing the deficit in the coun­cil’s hous­ing land sup­ply.

“The other rea­sons for re­fusal of the out­line ap­pli­ca­tion in De­cem­ber 2016 have been ad­dressed.

“The ac­cess is con­sid­ered ac­cept­able and the off-site high­ways works will en­sure the pro­posal is also ac­cept­able in high­ways terms.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of an acous­tic bar­rier for ex­ist­ing and pro­posed res­i­dents, along with the Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment Plan and work­ing hours’ re­stric­tions will pro­vide some pro­tec­tion in re­la­tion to the liv­ing con­di­tions of neigh­bours.”

The plans will be con­sid­ered by the Sefton Coun­cil’s Plan­ning Com­mit­tee at Town Hall tomorrow at 6.30pm.

for a Plan­ning In­quiry has al­ready been set.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment will fea­ture a block of 12 apart­ments and a mix­ture of ter­raced, semi-de­tached and de­tached houses fea­tur­ing ei­ther two, three or four bed­rooms each.

Thirty-one of the prop­er­ties set to be con­structed would be classed as af­ford­able hous­ing.

Two pe­ti­tions had been given to the coun­cil against the pro­posal, but the plans are now set to be given the go ahead.

Redrow states that it has fac­tored the rea­sons for the re­fusal into the new pro­posal and this has been backed up in the plan­ning of­fi­cer’s re­port.

The re­port states: “The prin­ci­ple of de­vel­op­ment is now es­tab­lished given that the site has been al­lo­cated for hous­ing in the re­cently adopted Lo­cal Plan. The pro­posal will pro­vide 99 homes in

Redrow wants to build 99 homes in Formby

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