Plan is backed for 300 houses
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build more than 300 homes in Formby were approved by Sefton Council, despite concerns over flooding and road safety.
The council’s planning committee approved the proposal at a busy public meeting in Bootle, and developers Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes can now build land near the Formby Bypass and Liverpool Road North.
The development has caused a bitter row between Labour and Conservative councillors.
Conservative councillor Denise Dutton was highly critical of the decision to approve the plans, arguing many questions still need to be answered.
The Harrington ward councillor said: “I said from day one this is not a good application. You’ve got 304 houses palnned for that land. The site floods, it always has done.
“Although they’re planning on putting in extra drainage, I can’t see if beng sufficient.
“They’ve also got 304 houses planned there but only one access point. How is that going to work? “You’ve got various developments sites and no-one is providing any extra money for schooling, why?”
Cllr Dutton was also critical of the loss of Green Belt land for the development and dismissed suggestions the planning committee had no choice but to approve the application.
Labour councillor Nina Killen had earlier said that Government guidelines had limited the committee’s powers to object to the applicaion.
Cllr Killen had also raised concerns over the similar issues, but said committee members were left with little choice.
She said: “If Liverpool Road had been refused the developers would have appealed directly to the Government and would have been granted permission by them, taking all the powers away from the council with regards to the conditions that could be placed on the development, such as road widening at the bypass and safety improvements such as a new puffin crossing to replace the zebra crossing on Liverpool Road.
“I was also pleased to see that the play area will not only be retained but enhanced.
“This site will deliver 89 homes that are for social rent or part-rent, partbuy, which is very welcome in Formby where house prices are so high.
“It is also important to note that there are surplus places predicted for Formby schools in the next five years due to fewer children being born here.”
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An image of the area set to be developed alongside Formby bypass
Cllr Denise Dutton Cllr Nina Killen