Countryside Properties and Persimmon Homes have been granted permission to build 841 homes on 68 acres east of Poverty Lane in Sefton following an appeal.
The housebuilders appealed against the non-determination of the planning application, first lodged in 2017, after Sefton Council deferred the plans last January.
Despite being recommended for approval, the application was deferred so that the developers could provide more information on how it would route construction vehicles using the site after local councillors raised concerns on the impact increased traffic would have on residents living on nearby streets.
Planning inspector Richard Clegg ruled in favour of the housebuilders, claiming that the development would cause “no material harm” and that it would contribute to the realisation of the council’s strategic aims for the site, which is allocated for residential development under the authority’s local plan.
Overall, the site known as Land East of Maghull is earmarked for a minimum of 1,400 homes under Sefton’s local plan.
However, Clegg ruled that roads in residential areas west of the site should not be used by construction traffic in order to avoid “unacceptable effects on the living conditions of local residents” and that details of how traffic would be routed should be detailed in a construction management plan.
Under the plans, Countryside is to build 408 two- and three-bedroom homes, 30% of which will be designated as affordable.
Persimmon is to deliver 433 two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom properties with 137 earmarked as affordable.
In addition, the development is to feature an area of public space around Whinney Brook, which will run through the centre of the scheme, and an extra care facility for elderly people.
A small number of farm buildings are to be demolished under the plans, and a spine road will be constructed between Poverty Lane and School Road, dissecting the site.
Under the terms of the planning permission, Countryside and Persimmon Homes have are to contribute a combined £1.8m to expand Summerhill Primary School, invest £495,000 in a new healthcare facility, and contribute £432,000 towards highway improvements.
Mark Hadfield, Countryside’s managing director for Merseyside and Cheshire West, said: “Our plans for the site at Poverty Lane will bring high-quality new homes to the town and generate extensive investment in new services and infrastructure to support the development’s residents, all of which will collectively make this a thriving and sustainable new community for Maghull.”
He added that the company was in the process of drawing up a construction management plan that would detail how it intends to route construction traffic to and from the site.
On a neighbouring site, developer East Maghull Consortium is waiting for Sefton Council to approve its hybrid planning application for a further 855 homes.
The proposals were deferred at the same time as Countryside and Persimmon’s plans but will be discussed at a planning committee meeting on 17 March, where the proposals are recommended for approval.