304 homes plan for Formby by­pass site

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY KATE LALLY kate.lally@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @kate­lal­lyx

PLANS to build more than 300 new homes in Formby are set to be given the goa­head by Sefton Coun­cil this week.

Bar­ratt Homes and David Wil­son Homes want to build 304 houses on a field the size of 15 foot­ball pitches, north of Liver­pool Road and west of Formby By­pass.

If ap­proved, the devel­op­ment will con­sist of a mix of two storey one-bed to four-bed mews, semide­tached and de­tached dwellings and two-storey and three-storey one and two-bed apart­ments.

The pro­posal would see the loss of fields within the site - which are deemed as be­ing ‘of low eco­log­i­cal value and neg­li­gi­ble im­por­tance from a con­ser­va­tion per­spec­tive’ ac­cord­ing to the devel­op­ment plans.

The mas­ter­plan sug­gests the play fa­cil­i­ties to the north of the site could be up­graded; that the de­vel­op­ers plan to in­cor­po­rate drainage ar­eas to en­sure that ‘flood risks will not worsen by de­vel­op­ing’ and that they will also pro­vide ar­eas of open space.

The project would also in­cor­po­rate ac­cess, park­ing, land­scap­ing and other nec­es­sary works.

Plans show one sin­gle ve­hic­u­lar ac­cess (al­low­ing ac­cess by all modes of trans­port) from Liver­pool Road.

This would be lo­cated along the straight part of Liver­pool Road, as re­quired by the Lo­cal Plan in­spec­tor.

The site is al­lo­cated in Sefton’s Lo­cal Plan and as such, Sefton Coun­cil’s plan­ning de­part­ment be­lieves the prin­ci­ple of devel­op­ment is ac­cept­able.

In re­sponse to con­sul­ta­tions, the coun­cil has re­ceived 75 rep­re­senta- tions from lo­cal res­i­dents rais­ing con­cerns in re­la­tion to loss of green­belt, flood­ing and drainage is­sues, traf­fic con­ges­tion and queu­ing prob­lems on Liver­pool Road, in­creased pol­lu­tion, loss of wildlife habi­tat, in­creased pres­sure on lo­cal doc­tors surg­eries, schools and emer­gency ser­vices.

Raven­meols coun­cil­lor Nina Killen has also pro­vided com­ments echo­ing these con­cerns, as well as say­ing af­ford­able hous­ing should be made avail­able first to peo­ple cur­rently liv­ing in Formby.

Ac­cord­ing to a doc­u­ment to be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee, the plans for the scheme should be ap­proved with con­di­tions sub­ject to the com­ple­tion of a sec­tion 106 agree­ment se­cur­ing “af­ford­able hous­ing, ac­ces­si­ble and adapt­able homes, off-site pub­lic open space con­tri­bu­tion, con­tri­bu­tion to­wards mit­i­ga­tion of re­cre­ational pres­sure, man­age­ment of on-site open space, and a travel plan”.

The coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee will make a de­ci­sion on the plans dur­ing a meet­ing to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 26).

Plans to build more than 300 new homes in Formby are set to be given the go-ahead by Sefton Coucil next week.

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