304 homes plan for Formby bypass site
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.