Hundreds fight against plan for new homes
Fury at scheme to build on farmland
HUNDREDS of residents are campaigning against plans to build more than 300 homes on farmland in Southport.
Wainhomes North West has submitted an application to build 327 homes on land off Bankfield Lane, Churchtown.
Almost 450 people have now signed a petition opposing the development.
The petition raised several issues, arguing that it would place too much strain on the Victorianbuilt sewage system and on amenities such as the already busy local schools and doctors’ surgeries, and that Bankfield Lane already struggles to cope with the amount of traffic and parked cars.
Residents are also concerned that the planned entry for the huge new estate – on to Blundells Lane, turning on to Bankfield Lane – would cause huge traffic problems, while they also fear that the development could exacerbate problems with flooding in the area.
Local Liberal Democrat councillors John Dodd, Nigel Lawson and Daniel Lewis are calling on people to show their opposition and have contacted residents to share their concerns.
They said: “The application may go to the planning committee as early as June 6 at Southport Town Hall.
“I hope local residents will come together and attend the meeting to show their support for our gardens and parking, with an area of communal garden space provided to the front of the flats.
The land Wainhomes is hoping to build upon was previously classified as Green Belt, but was earmarked for housing when the new Sefton Local Plan was set out.
The application states: “The proposed development would provide much needed houses in Sefton.
“This would assist the council in terms of its fiveyear supply of housing and the requirement set out in the newly adopted Local Plan.
“The loss of this relatively small area of agricultural land cannot outweigh the significant benefits the proposed development would deliver.”
Conservative and Labour councillors in Sefton have been approached for comment.
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campaign and to show Sefton Council and its councillors that the residents are against this proposed development.
“Let’s get our infrastructure rebuilt first and come out of the Victorian age.”
Southport Conservative MP Damien Moore raised his concerns during a speech in Parliament earlier this month over building large housing developments without first making sure local amenities can cope.
His warning came as the number of households in England was expected to grow from 22.7 million in 2014 to 28 million in 2039.
Mr Moore said: “When concern is expressed about the way in which the developments will affect local communities’ quality of life and the strain that they will place on local services, action must be taken to ensure that those problems are remedied.
“More consideration needs to be given to the provision of services such as schools and doctors’ surgeries, and to ensuring that homes are not built where flooding occurs, and already congested roads are not made worse by additional vehicles.”
The planning application is for 121 homes in the first stage, calling for outline permission to build about 200 more in the second phase.
If approved, the development would feature a mixture of one, two, three, four and five bedroom properties in a variety of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, along with a block of flats.
Each of the homes in phase one would have private
More than 300 homes are planned for farmland in Churchtown; right, Cllr Daniel Lewis