Anger as villagers fear ‘urban sprawl’ of homes development
A CAMPAIGN group committed to fighting the over-development of Rainford has labelled the proposed Local Plan “appalling”.
Rainford Action Group (Rag) is calling on St Helens Council and St Helens North MP, Conor McGinn, to speak out against the proposals for thousands of homes and industrial units.
These proposals are an integral part of the proposed Local Plan, which maps out the future of the borough until 2050.
But the group feels it will have an unfair impact on Rainford and its residents.
West Lancashire Borough Council will hold a six-week consultation with residents and businesses on its proposals next month and is obliged to consult neighbouring authorities when major developments occur near a border.
Campaigners in the village say that the plans would raise millions of pounds for the council but that none of it would be spent in Rainford, where much of the impact would be felt.
Rainford falls under St Helens Council, which has separate, highly controversial plans to build at least 1,140 houses on protected land in the village.
According to Rag, 2,000 of the proposed houses would be built on protected land on the Rainford Bypass, close to the village centre. The group also argues that the amount of housing is in excess of the forecast need for the borough.
Rainford Action Group chair James Wright, said: “The people of Rainford won’t be consulted on these plans to build two villages and two industrial estates on their doorstep.
“But Rainford will be directly impacted.
“Our roads, schools, and surgeries will come under impossible strain if these houses are built. Yet any income generated by these developments will be spent elsewhere.
“It is totally unacceptable.
“These appalling plans would turn a rural area into urban sprawl.”