Morris set for Formby approval

An application by Morris Homes for 68 homes to the south east of Formby has been recommended for approval ahead of Sefton’s November planning committee.

The application site forms part of a wider housing allocation, over which there is a committee resolution for the approval of 304 dwellings in the larger eastern part of the allocation.

The Morris application seeks full planning permission for the construction of a further 68 dwellings with associated access, parking, landscaping and infrastructure, being made up of a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses and one and two-bedroom apartments. GVA How advises Morris.

The site is bound by Liverpool Road to the south, and the Formby bypass sits to the east of the wider site. A masterplan prepared jointly by Barratt David Wilson and Morris for the overall site was approved in October 2017, and officers report that the proposal fits in with that masterplan. The works to provide access into the site were approved in April.

Officers concluded: “The proposal is considered acceptable. The principle of development has established given that this site is allocated for housing development in the Sefton Local Plan. The proposal would provide 68 new dwellings, including 24 affordable homes, in an area which has a shortage of affordable homes and would assist in reducing the deficit in the Council’s housing land supply.

“The proposed development would not cause harm to local heritage assets notably Lovelady’s Farm, and would provide open space within the site as well as a financial contribution towards improvements to the existing Alt Road play area to the north.”

The remainder of the allocated site is being taken forward jointly by Barratt and David Wilson Homes. At September’s Sefton committee, it was resolved to grant planning permission for 304 homes at the site. Turley advises Barratt and DWH.

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