Plans to build more than 300 homes on vacant farmland in Lydiate have been passed despite residents’ objections

Plans to build more than 300 homes on vacant farmland in Lydiate have been passed despite residents’ objections

by Henry James (March 2022)

PLANS to build nearly 300 homes on vacant farmland in Lydiate have been passed over objections from residents.

The development will see 291 homes built on land between Liverpool Road, Kenyons Lane and Northway (A59) in Lydiate, which includes the site of Morton’s Dairy.

Residents’ objections to the plans included concerns about the visual impact/character of the area, environmental issues; road safety; infrastructure problems and living conditions.

Lydiate Parish Council were concerned ‘at the lack of clarity regarding the sale of Morton’s dairy’ and ‘increase in traffic and access to Kenyons Lane’. They said the main entrance should be on the A59 or near Robbins Island.

However, Sefton Council officials have recommended that the proposals be approved with conditions.

They wrote: ‘The proposal will provide 291 new homes, comprising a mix of apartments and one to five bedroom houses, on a site allocated for residential development in the adopted Sefton Local Plan.

“These will include 88 affordable housing units. It also offers significant areas of public open space, including children’s play facilities, which will benefit the whole community, as well as cycle and pedestrian paths connecting the surrounding area.

“The visual impact of the device as well as its impact on living conditions are considered acceptable under certain conditions. Although it is recognized that the development will bring additional traffic to the area, these impacts will be minimized by the proposed widening of Kenyons Lane and the package of improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.

“Overall, the proposal is generally considered to be in line with the policies of the Sefton Local Plan, the Lydiate Neighborhood Plan and the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework. Approval is therefore recommended subject to the conditions listed below and a Section 106 legal agreement to ensure affordable housing, alleviation of recreational pressure, local health facilities and management arrangements and maintenance for open public spaces on site, landscaped strips within the highway and sustainable drainage. as well as for the control of these obligations.

At Sefton Council’s planning committee on Wednesday March 16, councilors recommended that the plans be approved subject to legal agreements.

Amalia H. Mercado