Labour MP Bill Esterson welcomes Sefton Council officers' recomm

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has welcomed news that Sefton Council's planning officers have recommended that plans to build on on greenbelt land just off Liverpool Road are rejected.

The controversial plans, which have been submitted by David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes, would see 274 houses built on the site.

But Sefton officers are now recommending elected councillors on the planning committee to refuse permission for the development.

In the full Sefton report, the officers' recommendation reads:

"Planning officers are recommending to the committee that the application is refused when the meeting takes place on Monday, October 28 at 6.30pmat The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport.
"The application is recommended for refusal since we consider that there are no very special circumstances that exist to justify granting permission of this green belt site at this time. The application is therefore in conflict with national and local green belt policies."

Bill Esterson, who formally submitted an objection to the plans, said this was good news for the whole of Formby.

Bill said: "Sefton officers' recommendation to refuse permission for this development is good news for Formby.

"There were very clear reasons why this application should be refused, most notably under the existing local plan is the fact that it is on greenbelt. As it stands, Sefton Council has a clear policy of no building on the greenbelt, so there was no other logical recommendation.

"I hope the planning committee now agrees with the recommendation of the council officers as giving consent under the existing Local Plan would mean open season for developers in Formby, and across Sefton Central."

Hundreds of residents submitted formal letters and emails of objection to the proposal. Because of the level of public feeling against the plans, the application is due to be heard at The Atkinson on Lord Street in Southport.

Bill said: "Hundreds and hundreds of people wrote to me and contacted me to detail their own personal objections to these plans.

"What was repeated over and over again, was the concerns about the impact on the local infrastructure. The impact on the already congested roads, the impact on the already stretched drainage system, the impact on our local schools, etc.

"In my letter of objection to this proposal, I detailed these concerns.

"I am pleased that the planning officers have taken note and hope that this plan will be formally rejected by the elected members on October 28."



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