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MetiNews.Com - "I'm not a snob or a nimby, but we're going to turn into one big housing estate"

Liverpool news More than 1,000 new homes approved for this part of Merseyside MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - "I'm not a snob or a nimby, but we're going to turn into one big housing estate"

Liverpool news  More than 1,000 new homes approved for this part of Merseyside MetiNews.Com
01 August 2020 - 10:56

Breaking News ! Sefton Council has approved developers' plans to build more than a thousand new houses in Formby over the past three years. In April 2017, the local authority agreed upon its Local Plan, with a planned 11,000 new homes for the borough by 2030. The plan said 999 of these were to be in Formby. But as of June 30 this year, the council has approved 1,092 homes for the area, with 863 given the green light in 2019 alone. Plans to build up to 286 houses on land at Brackenway provoked considerable reaction when approved in March last year. Formby is known for its beach and its pinewoods (Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo) But developers Taylor Wimpey say the scheme will deliver a range of improvements to Formby, including improved connections, new high quality open spaces and ecological enhancements. They say the homes will deliver “a desirable living environment which complements and sits comfortably within its surroundings.” Formby is known for its beach and its pinewoods - which are home to the treasured Red Squirrel. Read More Related Articles Jet2 tells Brits in Spain to return home early from holidays It also boasts some of Merseyside's most expensive properties, and has been home to plenty of footballers and other local celebrities in recent years. But many residents fear the sought-after village will soon become " one big housing estate ". David Robertson said: "There aren't enough schools and shops in the village are closing all the time." Keep up to date with local news in your area by adding your postcode below Phil Bryan said: "Travelling in and out of Formby during rush hour is bad enough. The infrastructure around Formby isn't designed for this kind of development." Tommy Norbury said: "There are plenty of brown sites empty all over Sefton. Fill them first." Read More Related Articles All local lockdowns so far across the UK as new measures confirmed in northern England One woman who lives in Formby said: "I'm not being a snob or a nimby. I get that people need houses, but a lot of these are completely unsuitable. "If [developers] just keep building for profit's sake, the whole area will become one big housing estate. It's going to completely ruin the characteristics and charm of Formby, and don't get me started on the environment. "We need to protect our animals and our ecology." Read More Related Articles How Liverpool FC players and WAGs spent their first week off Another said: " Sefton Council have a proven track record of failing to listen to those with local knowledge. "Concreting over the flood plain in Formby is particularly dangerous. "It seems the planning committee will vote anything through - whether or not there is adequate infrastructure, because the government has left the council so cash-strapped that it has no choice but to allow building even if inappropriate." Read More Related Articles Concern but no surprise in Princes Park as coronavirus cases are on the rise All local authorities are required by government to set out a plan for development and to approve a certain number of new homes each year.

. Formby Labour councillor Nina Killen said: "The coalition government changed the planning rules to favour developers, making it much harder for councils to refuse planning applications. Top news stories Liverpool's mini property boom Women involved in big drug conspiracies Where Mersey celebs live now Jailed in July "The developers are forced to pay for the road improvements, flood mitigation and school places that are needed. If planning applications are turned down without a good reason the developer would get permission straight from the government, and the improvements to infrastructure would be lost. "There is no housing being built on flood plains in Formby, that is a myth. "We have a surplus of school places at primary level and our two high schools are only full because children travel here from outside the town. "And Formby’s population is ageing and there are far more one-person homes than ever before. That means more homes are needed for younger families." Read More Related Articles Sign up for the Liverpool Echo's newsletters Read More Related Articles The Liverpool Echo has a free app and here's how to download it Formby Residents Action Group (FRAG) councillor Bob McCann says he is "very concerned" about the number of new homes approved for the area. He said: "I am very concerned, but not surprised, that the number of houses destined for Formby may well be in excess of the 1000 homes imposed on our town by Sefton's Local Plan. " Our town cannot cope with 1000 homes let alone any more than that. No significant infrastructure has been secured to cope with these pressures and no consideration has been given to the environmental pressure and traffic chaos these numbers will have on Formby." Read More Related Articles Princes Park gatherings and care home visits cancelled and all the other new rules to stop virus Sefton Council says the number set out in the Local Plan is just an "indicative figure", and that new homes will boost the local economy and infrastructure. Their spokesman said: "Within the plan is an indicative figure of how many homes would be built within each area and this figure can both increase and decrease depending on what can be accommodated. “There is no upper limit for the number of new homes and all applications are assessed on their merits. “This includes assessing if the proposal is in accordance with national and local flood and drainage policy requirements. Applications which fail this will not be permitted. Read More Related Articles All the places that can no longer reopen on August 1 after government postpones lockdown easing “Our planning committee have an excellent reputation for robustly analysing any scheme that comes before them and developers are often asked to go back and provide further improvements and mitigation to satisfy the committee. “Many of our most recent large housing approvals have been on brownfield sites including the former Philips factory in Southport, and the Poppyfields development in Maghull. “There are however certain brownfield sites that have a level of contamination which makes them unfeasible for redevelopment at this time. The council have, and will continue, to seek funding to bring such sites back into use. “We are also confident, based on current capacity and predicted population growth, that schools, particularly in the Formby area, have capacity to accommodate children from any new homes. “In many cases creating new homes plays a significant role in preventing the loss of local services, and helps to support local shops and businesses.” Formby's Conservative councillors Denise Dutton and Michael Pitt were approached for comment but had not responded by the time of publication.

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