MP Bill Esterson urges residents to attend Thursday's exhibition

Bill Esterson, Nina Killen and Peter Maguire

 

Formby Labour MP Bill Esterson met developer David Wilson Homes to challenge their plans for building 270 homes by Formby Bypass.
 
The developer had asked to see the MP before the public consultation which takes place at the Gild Hall on Thursday afternoon to show him the plans which they will be showing the public.
 
David Wilson Homes told the MP they would like to build 270 houses, of which up to 90 could be affordable homes to rent or for part rent/part buy. 

The developer also answered questions which residents had raised about flooding and traffic but made clear that they planned to challenge the current block on building in the green belt.
 
Bill said: “I had a constructive meeting with David Wilson Homes and it was certainly interesting to hear how they are responding to residents’ concerns. 

"They would like to build 270 homes off Liverpool Road and showed me plans which the public will also be able to see at the exhibition. 

"I made clear that my job is to represent the views of the people of Formby and I told the developers that I am very worried at the impact on traffic of the extra houses. I also made clear that Formby already has a big problem with flooding and any plans they have will need to convince residents that they will not make this worse. 

"The land already floods and building on land that floods means the water will have to go somewhere else. Residents are quite right to be worried that their homes will be under greater threat. 

"David Wilson Homes suggested that they will put in drainage ditches and make sure surface water will drain into the river and onto land on the other side of the bypass. I am no expert, so I will be very interested to hear from residents about their reaction to these plans and whether they think David Wilson Homes have found a way to solve the flooding problems."

Bill is urging residents from throughout Formby to attend this week's public exhibition of David Wilson Homes' plans which will see building on the town's greenbelt.

Bill said: "Even if the flooding and traffic problems are solved, many people will rightly point out that this is green belt land. It is vitally important that these plans take into account residents' views and I am yet to be convinced  that these plans will benefit people in Formby not least because there is no getting away from the loss of the green belt. 

"The developers say there will be up to 90 units of affordable housing. I have asked the developer to confirm in writing what they told me so that residents can see for themselves exactly what is being promised and whether these homes will be for local people or not. 

"All too often, developers ignore the existing community and their views.

"I am very keen to hear what people who live in Formby think of what David Wilson have to say. I would urge as many people as possible to go along and look at the plans."

David Wilson Homes will be exhibiting their plans at the Gild Hall Activity Centre on Church Road, on Thursday (December 13) from 3pm-7pm.