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Taylor Wimpey secured permission for this site in Formby earlier in March

Sefton adds to housing tally in Crosby

After approving 286 homes in Formby earlier this month, Sefton’s planning committee is set to give the go-ahead to David Wilson Homes for a further 183-dwelling scheme in Crosby next week.

Barratt and David Wilson Homes are looking to secure approval for a site to the south of Lydiate Lane in Thornton, includes a mix of two, three, and four-bed homes.

The site, bordering existing homes off Runnells Lane, is allocated for housing under Sefton’s Local Plan, which was adopted in April 2017.

Barratt’s plans for the site have been met with opposition by residents, including the parish council of Sefton and Lunt villages, which said “a full and frank exchange” had been held with the applicant, with issues raised including a lack of infrastructure and flood risk. As a result, the parish council decided to unanimously opposite the application.

A petition against the scheme has also been put forward signed by 96 local residents, and supported by Cllr Steve McGinnity; another online petition to stop the development also attracted 191 online signatures.

Despite this, Sefton’s planning officers have recommended the scheme for approval, arguing the land had been set aside for housing under the council’s adopted Local Plan.

The project is recommended for the go-ahead subject to a Section 106 agreement which includes an education contribution of around £2,120 per home, along with contributions to off-site and on-site open space. These proposals are due to be discussed at committee on 26 March.

Sefton’s planning committee has already approved 286 homes by Taylor Wimpey in Formby at an earlier meeting in March.

These outline proposals include a mix of housing types at the site, which is off the Formby Bypass south of the Freshfield Dune Heath nature reserve. An extension of the nature reserve forms part of the planning permission, while access will be via the A565.

Jon Suckley of Avison Young, which advised Taylor Wimpey on the project, said: “The approval of the planning application will make an important contribution towards Sefton’s open market and affordable housing needs.

“The site is sustainable and will create a high-quality extension to Formby with increased green space and public realm. We are very pleased with this outcome, having secured the site’s housing allocation in the adopted Sefton Local Plan and led the planning and environmental assessment for this application.”

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