Applications from East Maghull Consortium and Countryside Properties, which would have brought a combined 1,700 homes to Sefton, have been deferred by the planning committee.
The proposals, for adjacent plots across School Lane and Poverty Lane, were expected to be granted approval in line with officers’ recommendations ahead of last week’s committee meeting.
The first was EMC’s outline application to build up to 855 homes along with an older people’s housing scheme, a mixed-use centre and public park.
EMC is a collection of landowners across the application site that have come together to develop plans for its future use.
The second was Countryside’s application for 841 homes and a 25-home older person’s residential scheme.
The 68-acre site would have 270 affordable homes, which would be a 32% provision.
On this site, another housebuilder, Persimmon Homes, is to deliver some parts of the development alongside Countryside.
Cllr Matt Gannon objected to both of the schemes on the grounds that they would pose pollution and traffic challenges, and cause inadequate parking at train stations.
However, the council has not yet disclosed the reasons for deferring the pair of applications.
It is expected that both schemes will return to committee in the coming months.