MP Bill Esterson to meet David Wilson Homes to put to the developer residents' concerns about destruction of Formby's greenbelt
Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is set to meet with representatives of David Wilson Homes this week to put to them some of the concerns which residents have raised with him about the developer's plans for Formby.
David Wilson Homes has revealed plans to build more than 300 homes on farmland next Formby Bypass.
The plans have sparked anger amongst Formby's residents who have since organised a campaign group to oppose the development.
Bill Esterson has opposed the plans which he said will not only destroy the greenbelt in Formby, but also set a precedent for the whole of the borough and the country.
Hundreds of residents have contacted the MP opposing the plans.
Bill said he will put all of the concerns which residents have raised with him to the representatives of the developers during the meeting.
Bill said: "David Wilson Homes have asked to speak to me. What I will tell them is that residents have grave concerns about the suitability of this site for houses.
"I will tell them the concerns which residents have told me, about their fears about flooding, about their concerns over traffic, their fears for the infrastructure in Formby and their fear that if this application goes through, this will threaten greenbelt in Formby and across Sefton.
"I will be telling them that houses costing £300,000 will simply be out of the reach of most Formby people and that what is being offered does not benefit the people who live in Formby now."
Bill has repeatedly raised the issue in Parliament.
Bill said: "The main reason we are in a position where developers can set their sights on our greenbelt is because of the Tory-Lib Dem changes to the planning rules earlier this year, which essentially gave developers the greenlight to build on our greenbelt.
"We have to fight to ensure that the greenbelt, which Labour created after the Second World War as the country's green lungs to protect against over-development, is safeguarded against the Tories and their developer friends as far as possible.
"Once it is gone it is gone. This proposal is of great concern to Formby people and I will make sure those concerns are listened to by the developers when I meet them."