School Lane Sefton Planning Committee January 2020
East Maghull Consortium's application covers land outlined in red, while the second application covers land to the south

Sefton set to approve 1,700 homes

Chloé Vaughan

Two applications from developers East Maghull Consortium and Countryside Properties with Persimmon Homes on adjacent plots are recommended for approval at Sefton’s planning committee.

The first is EMC’s outline plans for up to 855 homes along with an older person’s housing scheme, a mixed-use local centre and public park.

EMC is a collection of landowners across the site who have come together to develop plans for its future use. They have worked in tandem with Countryside and Persimmon to deliver its proposals.

The 85-acre site is bound by School Lane to the north, a railway line to the west and Whinny Brook to the south.

Details regarding access are being considered for all parts of this scheme except for for the older person’s housing scheme, which has details reserved for future consideration by the council.

The scheme will have a 30% affordable housing provision, which is also to be discussed at reserved matters stage.

Countryside Persimmon Sefton School Lane January 2020

The second is Countryside Properties’ and Persimmon Homes’ application for 841 homes and a 25-home older person’s residential scheme.

The 68-acre site is bound by Poverty Lane to the south, a railway line to the west, Whinny Brook to the north and the M58 to the east.

The proposed site layout shows that 270 of the 841 homes would be affordable, equating to a 32% provision. Of the affordable homes, 41 would be two-bedroom, 226 would be three-bedroom, and three would be four-bedroom.

Matt Gannon, independent Sefton Councillor for Sudell Ward, objects to both schemes on the grounds that they would pose challenges including pollution, traffic congestion, inadequate parking at train stations and inadequate train services, as well as strain on local health services. He also considers the scheme contrary to Maghull Neighbourhood Plan, according to the planning documents.

The overall 212-acre within which the site sits, forms part of the ‘Land East of Maghull’ strategic mixed-use allocation in the Sefton Local Plan, which was agreed in 2017. The proposal was part of the largest single allocation in the Local Plan and was endorsed by a Government inspector. His agreement and this allocation meant that the site was taken out of the designated Green Belt.

The Local Plan states: “The development of the whole allocation will provide a significant proportion of the borough’s housing and employment requirements for the next 10-15 years.”

The three developers, East Maghull Consortium, Countryside Properties and Persimmon Homes, worked in collaboration with Sefton Council to create the Local Plan.

Sefton’s planning committee meeting is on 22 January.

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If it keeps going at this rate people at Aintree and further onward toward Liverpool will never be able to board a train. Plus A59 is jam packed.

By Bernie

We struggle to reverse out if our driveway in Aintree due to the volume if traffic that uses Altway to avoid Switch island. These plans should be blocked or give Altway some extreme traffic calming measures.

By Shirley.spofforth

What a joke cant move for traffic in Maghull and Lydiate now no infrastructure and no doctors or school places.
Also this I’d a flood nightmare

By By jean

Where are the services to support all these people.? More and more people coming to live in an already overcrowded town. Consider the quality of life for existing residents!!

By Christine Humphries.

Thats why they are building on / off ramps to the M58 junction at Maghull

By Paul

I hope for the upbringing of my children that they are not approved. Maghull does not have the infrastructure in place. Stop being greedy housing developers and listen to the people of Maghull!

By James Sutton

Can’t see this being of benefit to the existing residents as it will overwhelm the already stretched local facilities. And I wouldn’t consider Persimmon homes a great choice of partner.

By Steve

Maghull is essentially an island as road access is limited and the recent road works have proven how congested the roads can get. There is no infrastructure to accommodate this as Gp’s and Community services are already at breaking point with no plans to build surgeries or plans to recruit community staff.

By Jacqueline Jones

We need more shops a retail park shopping centre .schools some of the parents don’t even live in maghull..it’s a joke you can’t park in the square and as for the schools you have to go out or come back later as the cars parked up is ridiculous. Think first about the people who already live here and you want more people with no proper amenities

By Lynn Leather

The volume of traffic is ridiculous the roads cannot copy at present since the first build at poppyfields. Older Homes around new station are suffering due to parking, making crossing roads dangerous especially for elderly, disabled and people with children .What is happening regards to schools and doctors. Please someone stop and think what you are doing as you are causing serious problems.

By Susan Burns

Looking forward to seeing this all come together! Will be high quality houses in an area that needs it!

By Anon

We vote these councillors in and like any political party they totally ignore the people who elect them this is only about making money and nothing else

By Philip taylor

Building by whitney brook again so this will cause even more flooding in maghull make the developers pay into flood prevention

By John manning

This development should not be passed as it is too big and there have already been five green spaces that Sefton council have allowed developers to build on in the past few years. At least another 1500 extra cars on roads that cannot cope with the traffic now. Air pollution will be exacerbated and more people will develop respiratory problems.

By A M Stupples