Maghull Labour Action Team welcomes deferment of Damfield Lane c

Lynn Gatherer, Patrick McKinley and Steve Kermode

Maghull Labour Action Team has welcomed news that plans to build a care village have been deferred.

Developer Priory Asset Management submitted plans to build the care village on land on Damfield Lane.

But at Wednesday evening's planning committee meeting, councillors decided to defer the decision on whether to grant permission for the development until full reports into the project were complete.

News that plans had been submitted for a major care village in Maghull came to light during the summer.

As soon as they discovered the plans, Maghull Labour Action Team's Cllr Patrick McKinley, Lynn Gatherer and Cllr Steve Kermode organised a consultation meeting to give members of the public the chance to see the plans for themselves.

And a community group was formed to ensure nearby residents had their say about the plans for their community.

It has also since come to light that the Liberal Democrats in East Sefton had been aware of the plans for more than two years without raising the issue with the community.

Cllr McKinley said the planning committee's deferment was the correct decision.

Speaking after the planning meeting, Cllr McKinley said: "Residents still have lots of questions about these plans, including the impact on traffic, the sewers and flooding, particularly along Hall Lane.

"And while Sefton is still going through the detailed Core Strategy process, which relates to building on the borough's greenbelt and greenspace land, it is prudent that this decision is deferred.

"It now gives the residents the opportunity to regroup and demand the answers to their outstanding questions in relation to these plans.

"Lynn Gatherer, Steve Kermode, the Maghull Labour Action Team and I will continue to work with the residents to ensure that they get the answers they want before any final decision is made."

Maghull Labour Action Team's Lynn Gatherer has met with the developer to discuss the residents' concerns.

 

Lynn said: "Throughout the meeting with Prioiry Asset Management, our MP Bill Esterson and I emphasised the concerns of local residents in relation to their plans.

 

"While they made note of these concerns, Sefton Planning Committee members were clearly dissatisfied with the details of the responses in the application reports.

 

"I will continue to work with our Labour MP Bill Esterson, Cllr Patrick McKinley, Steve Kermode, the rest of the Labour Action Team and the residents' action group to ensure that we get the answers that are needed.

 

"We will also ensure that the residents are kept fully informed on all developments in relation to this application as we have done from the point the Labour Action Team heard about the plans.

 

"It's just a shame that the Liberal Democrats kept this application under wraps for two years without sharing the information with the community. For that they should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves."