Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson welcomes rejection of Lydiate Ma

Bill Esterson with members of the CPRE including Des Brennan

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson has welcomed news that the Planning Inspector has upheld the council’s decision to block development of a proposed marina near to the Running Horses pub in Lydiate.

Bill singled out Des Brennan of Sefton branch of the Protection of Rural England for his excellent presentation which appears to have been crucial in persuading the planning inspector to throw out the appeal by the developer

Plans had included developing farmer’s land along the west side of the Liverpool-Leeds Canal at Bells Lane to hold 135 boats.

Most people living near to the proposed site for the marina opposed the plans.

Bill said: "The residents in this area clearly had legitimate concerns. You just had to look at how many people turned up to voice their opposition against these plans to see how many people didn’t want this.

"More than 140 people attended to show their opposition. The Labour Action Team gathered 250 names in a petition.

"The planning appeal was refused as the proposed development failed to maintain the openness of the greenbelt and would result in the loss of the best and most versatile agricultural land and would thereby be inappropriate development contrary to the current policies in the greenbelt."

Bill said it was due to the input of CPRE in Sefton that the plans were rejected.

Bill said: "Des Brennan from the CPRE in Sefton gave an excellent presentation, which may well have swung the decision in favour of the residents and I would pay tribute to Des and his colleagues for the sterling work, which they did on this planning application.

"The CPRE are working hard to protect the green belt in Sefton and this decision must give everyone in Sefton some confidence that developers can be resisted.

"Plans for a new marina in Lydiate could now be sunk without a trace now that people power has spoken. Let us hope that sense prevails across the board and that residents' views on the proposed core strategy are dealt the same amount of sense”.

Details of the appeal can be found at:  http://www.planning-inspectorate.gov.uk/
Ref number APP/M4320/A/11/2151354